Flames Sign Forward Prospect

The Calgary Flames are busy in the front office as well as on the ice these days. They’ve announced the signing of 20-year-old prospect Ilya Nikolaev. It’s a three-year entry level contract.

Nikolaev was a 3rd round pick by the Flames in the 2019 NHL Draft, 88th overall. He had a fine season in the USHL this year with the Tri-City Storm, with 72 points in 58 games. He scored 23 and assisted on 49. He’s kept up the pace in the USHL playoffs, racking up 5 goals and 3 assists in five games. He’s seen as a smart two-way player, who plays the full 200 feet.  

He played on Russia’s national team throughout his teens. He’ll start his pro career in the minors under the Flames’ purview.

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