Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames assign Matt Coronato to the AHL, recall Martin Pospisil

One of the Calgary Flames’ top prospects looks to be headed to the AHL, while another long-time prospect is headed to the big club.

The team announced they have assigned Matt Coronato to the Calgary Wranglers while also recalling Martin Pospisil in his place.

This is amazing, sad, and confusing all wrapped into one.

Calgary’s moves

Matt Coronato has had an interesting start to his full-time NHL career. After lighting it up in the preseason for the team, he has gone on to have a rollercoaster tenure during the regular season. He’s yet to find a consistent line, playing on both the wing and centre across all four lines with various players. 

This isn’t a Coronato issue, this is more of a team deployment issue, but Coronato has yet to find his footing. The team’s plan with him looks to be murky as, despite the ample playing time, there is just no clear direction at this point.

Sending him to the AHL makes a ton of sense as he will be able to play a ton, on a good Wranglers team, and be close enough for a recall. Heck, he may not even miss a game with the Flames. Since he is waivers exempt, this may be just a move to get him as much playing time as possible. The adjustment to the NHL appears to be real for Coronato, but there is no doubt he will be back. 

The Pospisil recall is very interesting. He had a few strong camps in the last few years, but injuries plagued his progress. After the strong showing by Adam Klapka in training camp, it is surprising to see Pospisil get the call over him. 

A fourth-round pick in 2018, he currently has three goals and three assists in six games with the Wranglers. A strong start to the season is rewarded.

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