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2021 Flames Top 25 Under 25: #23 – Emil Heineman

The Sam Bennett return could pay off for the Flames



#23- Emil Heineman

Position: Left Wing

Age: 19

Team: Leksands IF (SHL)

Stats: 7G, 6A, 13 points in 43 games

Drafted in 2020, Round 2, Pick 43 by the Florida Panthers

Acquired: April 12th, 2021 with a 2022 2nd Round Pick for F Sam Bennett and a 2022 6th Round Pick

2020 Ranking: N/A

Of all the trades Brad Treliving has conducted during his tenure with the Calgary Flames, acquiring high-end prospects has not been part of his MO. However, that’s exactly what he was able to do with the Flames finally moving on from longtime headache Sam Bennett, as he scooped up a second round pick in next year’s draft, as well as a player selected in last year’s second round.

That young man comes in at #23 on our list, and his name is Emil Heineman. The 6’1 Swede exploded in his second J20 SuperElit season in 2019-20, pacing a near goal-per-game season with 26 goals and 41 points in 29 games, after putting up only a single goal and 5 points in 27 games the season prior.

That prompted the Florida Panthers to select him 43rd overall (7 picks before the Flames selected Yan Kuznetsov). He followed an encouraging development path this season, jumping to Leksands’ SHL squad and sticking with the team for the entire season. He put up 13 points as a 19-year-old rookie which is pretty solid for a notoriously stingy league.

He also suited up for Sweden’s World Junior squad, potting a lone shorthanded goal in 5 games. He’ll remain with Leksands IF for the upcoming season where he’ll face William Stromgren in the SHL, before potentially coming over to North America for the 2022-23 season.

by Gordie Taylor