Hockey is up and running in many places of the world. And now that the Calgary Flames have completed their selections in the 2020 NHL Draft, they have more players to keep track of. (And so do we!)

Here’s a snapshot of how Flames prospects, new and old, are doing right now.


The good news is that all three Flames prospects in the QMJHL are playing well early on in this season.

  • Jakob Pelletier (Val-d’Or) has a goal and five assists in three games, averaging two points per game. He’s the team’s captain and offensive leader – he’s expected to stand out like this, but it’s encouraging that he’s living up to the expectations.
  • 2020 third round pick Jeremie Poirier (Saint John) has a goal and three assists in four games.
  • 2020 fifth round pick Ryan Francis (Cape Breton) has four assists in four games. He had two assists in a 5-2 Cape Breton win over Charlottetown on Saturday.

The bad news is because of COVID-19 flare-ups in Quebec and New Brunswick, there have already been scheduling changes in the Q. Saint John had their game with Moncton postponed because of increased cases in the Moncton area. All this comes in the wake of a bunch of cases on Sherbrooke and Blainsville-Boisbriand which have led to their games being postponed.


In the KHL, Dmitry Zavgorodniy was the victim of SKA St. Petersburg carrying a lot of bodies – they had a COVID-19 outbreak earlier in the season and have been carrying some extras. Zavgorodniy was a healthy scratch over the weekend. He’s been playing on their fourth line and has three assists in four games so far.

2020 seventh round pick Ilya Solovyov has been playing on Dynamo Minsk’s third pairing. He has one assist in six games.

Down in junior, Loko Yaroslavl plays their first game on Sunday since Sept 22 – they’ve had a few games shuffled around in the schedule due to their KHL parent, Lokomotiv, having a COVID-19 outbreak and needing extra bodies. Nikolayev has four goals and seven assists in 10 games so far this season.

Meanwhile, it appears that 2020 fourth round pick, goalie Daniil Chechelev, may be back from his injury soon. He’s been out with an injury since Sept. 19, but he’s been removed from Russike Vityaz Chekhov’s injured list. He won each of his first five starts prior to his injury.


After missing the first three weeks of the SHL season, Johannes Kinnvall returned to HV71’s lineup and had a productive week with a goal and an assist in a pair of games. He’s resumed his familiar spot on HV71’s top pairing and quarterbacking their power play.

Down in the Allsvenskan, Filip Sveningsson has a goal in two games with MODO – he’s playing on their first line with Florida Panthers prospect Aleksi Heponiemi. Lucas Feuk had his first goal in four games, a game-winner, for AIK last week. He’s playing on their fourth line. And Eetu Tuulola is playing on the second line for Vastervik and has an assist in three games.

Rest of Europe

After two games with no points, Juuso Valimaki had two multi-point (two assist) games for Ilves in Finland’s Liiga. Playing on the top pairing, he now has four points in four games.

And in Slovakia, Martin Pospisil and HC Kosice have yet to play any games because of some COVID-19 positives on the team. Their first scheduled game that hasn’t been postponed is set for Oct. 18, but that’s obviously subject to change. Kosice and HC Mikron Nove Zamsky haven’t played any games yet.