The Heat enjoy their bye week – Flamesnation

The bad news is that the Stockton Heat didn’t capture first overall in the American Hockey League. The good news is they still had a spectacular season, and they’ll enjoy a bye week to practice and recuperate while the other six Pacific Division playoff teams battle it out for seeding in the next round.

As we await for Stockton to get going again, let’s see how everyone’s weeks (and seasons) went.

This and that

  • The playing seasons are over for F Mitchell Mattson (Michigan State), F Josh Nodler (also Michigan State), F Demetrios Koumontzis (Arizona State), D Jake Boltmann (Notre Dame), F Matt Coronato (Harvard), F William Stromgren (Rögle) and F Lucas Feuk (Väsby).
  • Connor Mackey, Adam Ruzicka and Adam Werner are with the Flames as extra depth players for the playoffs.
  • By virtue of winning their division, Stockton gets a week off. They’ll face the lowest-seeded surviving Pacific Division team next week.

Jack Beck – RW, Ottawa 67’s, OHL / Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (168th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft

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GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
OHL up to date 36 22 22 44 25 38 22 32.37
Change from last week

The 67’s got knocked out of the OHL playoffs, but Beck has been summoned to Stockton, joining the Flames’ affiliate on an amateur try-out deal. He might not play, but it’ll be good experience for him to practice with a very good AHL team.

Lucas Ciona – LW, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (173rd overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 53 17 18 35 23 26 16 16.35
Change from last week

The Thunderbirds knocked out Kelowna in five games, earning a date with the Portland Winterhawks in the second round. Ciona missed one game due to injury in the opening round, but he had three goals in the four playoff games he suited up for.

Walker Duehr – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing

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GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 59 11 12 23 16 19 14 15.54
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.26

Duehr went pointless this weekend, but he had a really solid first pro season overall considering his role and skill-set.

Lucas Feuk – LW, Västerviks IK, HockeyAllsvenskan / Nybro Vikings IF/Väsby IK, HockeyEttan

Calgary’s fourth round pick (116th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Allsvenskan up to date 10 1 1 2 2 1 1 6.51
Change from last week
HockeyEttan up to date 32 11 16 27 20 18 16 n/a
Change from last week

Vasby’s season is over, as they finished second-last in the Kvalserien to qualify for the second tier HockeyAllsvenskan. Feuk had five points in 10 games. He’ll really need to light it up next season, his last season on the Flames’ reserve list, in order to stoke any interest from the club in offering him an NHL contract.

Ryan Francis – C, Stockton Heat, AHL / Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Calgary’s fifth round pick (143rd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #8-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
AHL up to date 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Change from last week
QMJHL up to date 54 25 40 65 40 56 36 28.03
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 2 2 2 -0.74

Francis had a productive final week of the season, playing on the right side of Saint John’s second line. He just missed the cut for hitting a 30 point NHLe season – when you consider he missed a chunk of the QMJHL season and took awhile to get adjusted after playing in the AHL, he definitely had a good season.

Glenn Gawdin – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

St. Louis’ fourth round pick (116th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft; free agent signing; #10-ranked prospect

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GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 62 15 35 50 25 32 19 32.14
Change from last week

Gawdin missed the final few games for Stockton with an injury.

Cole Huckins – LW, Acadie-Bathurst Titan, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (77th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; #19-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 41 12 14 26 18 22 14 14.77
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.76

Huckins had a quiet final week of the season. The Titan will play Halifax in the opening round of the QMJHL playoffs.

Cole Jordan – D, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL

Calgary’s fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 36 2 9 11 9 6 5 7.57
Change from last week

Jordan didn’t hit the scoresheet at all, but Moose Jaw beat Saskatoon in five games in the opening round of the WHL playoffs. They’ll face the Winnipeg Ice in the second round.

Rory Kerins – C, Soo Greyhounds, OHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #18-ranked prospect

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GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 67 43 75 118 64 93 58 46.65
Change from last week

The Greyhounds beat Guelph in five games, with Kerins registering five assists. They’re still waiting to see which team Soo will play in the second round.

Johannes Kinnvall – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 19 0 8 8 4 3 2 16.78
Change from last week

Kinnvall was scratched for the final week of the regular season.

Justin Kirkland – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Nashville’s third round pick (62nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft; free agent signing

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 66 25 23 48 23 39 18 28.98
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 +0.16

Kirkland picked up a stat correction assist this week (from the prior week). He just missed out on a 30 point NHLe season. He was excellent for Stockton this season, particularly in the second half.

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Yan Kuznetsov – D, Stockton Heat, AHL / Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Calgary’s second round pick (50th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #15-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
AHL up to date 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Change from last week
QMJHL up to date 25 2 11 13 10 7 5 13.77
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 2 0 0 +0.53

Kuznetsov served as the defensive yin to Jeremie Poirier’s offensive-minded yang for Saint John for much of the season, but Kuznetsov had himself a few good offensive weeks, too. The Sea Dogs will meet Rimouski in the opening round.

Ilya Nikolaev – C, Tri-City Storm, USHL

Calgary’s third round pick (88th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 58 23 49 72 37 46 22 28.50
Change from last week

The Storm beat Omaha in two games (in their best-of-three opening series). Nikolaev was a big reason for the sweep, as he had four points in Game 1 and two goals in Game 2. Tri-City plays Sioux City in the next round.

Jakob Pelletier – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s first round pick (26th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; #3-ranked prospect

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GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 66 27 35 62 33 46 25 37.44
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.57

Pelletier was held off on the scoresheet in the final game of Stockton’s regular season. But he still had a superb year, being named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team.

Emilio Pettersen – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (167th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; #11-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 59 13 13 26 24 20 17 18.24
Change from last week 1 0 -1 -1 0 0 0 -0.31

Not only did Pettersen not get any points in Stockton’s last regular season game, but he lost an assist to Justin Kirkland on a stat correction from the prior week.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (166th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft; #5-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 65 31 37 68 38 52 33 41.69
Change from last week 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 -0.03

Phillips scored the lone goal for Stockton this week, the final Heat goal of the regular season, to put a bow on what’s been a simply superb year for him.

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Luke Philp – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 66 21 23 44 24 29 18 26.57
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.41

Philp played centre in Stockton’s middle six this week, but didn’t get any points.

Jérémie Poirier – D, Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (72nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #9-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 67 16 41 57 40 35 24 19.81
Change from last week 3 2 2 4 4 2 2 +0.52

Playing on the right side of fellow Flames prospect Yan Kuznetsov, Poirier had a productive final week of the regular season with four points.

Colton Poolman – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing

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GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 62 0 13 13 11 6 6 8.36
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 +0.52

Paired with Greg Moro, Poolman had a primary assist on Stockton’s lone goal.

Martin Pospisil – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (105th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; #16-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 47 7 18 25 13 19 11 21.20
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.46

With Glenn Gawdin out with an injury, Pospisil was shuffled from the wing up to work the middle of the top line. He didn’t get any points.

Ilya Solovyov – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #20-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 51 3 5 8 7 7 7 6.25
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.13

Solovyov was paired with Juuso Valimaki for much of this week’s game – Stockton’s preference, it seems, was to roll three fairly even defensive pairings. He didn’t get any points, though.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (156th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 61 14 11 25 18 21 16 16.33
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.28

Tuulola played in Stockton’s middle six but didn’t hit the scoresheet this week.

Cameron Whynot – D, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (89th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 45 4 13 17 9 11 6 8.80
Change from last week

Whynot missed Halifax’s games this week due to an illness – he hasn’t played in a few weeks. The Mooseheads face Acadie-Bathurst in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs.

Connor Zary – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s first round pick (24th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #2-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 54 13 12 25 16 21 15 18.80
Change from last week

Zary missed Stockton’s game this week due to an injury.

Dmitry Zavgorodniy – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL / HC Sochi, KHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (198th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
AHL up to date 12 0 1 1 1 0 0 3.32
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.30
KHL up to date 10 0 3 3 1 1 0 19.78
Change from last week

Zavgorodniy played on the fourth line in Stockton’s lone game but didn’t hit the scoresheet.

Daniil Chechelev – G, Stockton Heat, AHL / Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (96th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft

GP TOI SV%
AHL up to date 1 63 .848
Change from last week
ECHL up to date 30 1715 .894
Change from last week

With Werner departing for the NHL (see below), Chechelev is the default backup goalie for the Heat for the playoffs after spending most of the regular season in Kansas City.

Arsenii Sergeev – G, Tri-City Storm, USHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 41 2313 .918
Change from last week

Sergeev had a productive week. He had two wins, one of them a shutout, in Tri-City’s sweep of Omaha.

Adam Werner – G, Stockton Heat, AHL

Colorado’s fifth round pick (131st overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft; free agent signing

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 21 1186 .886
Change from last week

Werner dressed as backup for Stockton’s final game of the regular season. He’s been called up to Calgary to act as the Flames’ third goalie during the playoffs.

Dustin Wolf – G, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (214th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #4-ranked prospect

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 47 2810 .924
Change from last week 1 57 n/a

Wolf split the week between the Flames and the Heat, returning to Stockton from Calgary’s road trip just in time to play in their last game of the season against Bakersfield. He allowed three goals, but performed pretty well overall. He had an assist on Stockton’s lone goal. Wolf was named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team and All-Rookie Team.

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