The Calgary Flames have undoubtedly made some strange and downright horrible decisions in recent years, but thankfully they’ve also made some very wise draft decisions, loading up on youth that could potentially help this team rebound in 2023/24 and beyond.
Names like Jakob Pelletier, Jeremie Poirier, Connor Zary, Dustin Wolf and Walker Duehr are all key parts of the future, but one name comes with just as much, if not more hype, and that’s former Harvard superstar Matthew Coronato. Alongside Wolf, Coronato made his NHL debut in the final game of the regular season, and while the results weren’t there, it was clear that he is up to the task of the NHL game, and now, he has been rewarded with a key spot on the Team USA roster ahead of the 2023 IIHF Men’s World Championship.
The 20-year old represented Team USA at the 2022 World Junior Championships, racking up 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in just five games, and he joins a roster where he should play a prominent role alongside the likes of Alex Tuch, Nick Bonino and Connor Garland.
At Harvard, Coronato registered 72 points (38 goals, 34 assists) in 68 games played over the past two years, and while there was plenty of worry throughout the Flames fanbase that he wouldn’t want to join Calgary with their tricky coaching situation, he signed his three-year Entry Level Deal at the end of the 2023 NCAA season.
While there’s expected to be plenty of changes in Calgary this off-season, Coronato has already cemented himself as a key part of this franchise’s future, and this experience should help him grow even more as a player, so this should be seen as fantastic news for the Calgary Flames and for Coronato himself.