The Calgary Flames (NHL) and Stockton Heat (AHL) announced today that 19-year-old defenseman Yan Kuznetsov has been assigned to the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Kuznetsov, a 6’4″ defenseman from Murmansk, Russia, was a second round selection (50th overall) by the Flames in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He was a first round selection (22nd overall) by the Sea Dogs in the 2021 CHL Import Draft. He joins Flames prospects Jeremie Poirier and Ryan Francis.
“He is worth the wait,” said Sea Dogs President and General Manager, Trevor Georgie. “Yan is a player that we have had our eyes on since he was 16-years-old, playing here in Saint John at the Under 17s. Yan is smart and physically mature and could have finished the season in the AHL. We appreciate the confidence that Brad, Ray, and the entire Flames team have in our organization, and for recognizing the opportunity that Yan has here.”
Kuznetsov played 12 games in the AHL this season and 6 games in the AHL during the 2020-2021 season, after two seasons with the University of Connecticut Huskies.
Kuznetsov is travelling and will join the team in Quebec this week. His first home game will be against the Charlottetown Islanders, on Saturday, December 11 at TD Station.