The Flames announced this afternoon that have signed goaltending prospect Tyler Parsons to a one year, two-way deal for 2021-22 worth just over $700,000.
Parson’s was once considered the Flames future between the pipes, but that hype has dissipated due to his play and in part to the dominance seen by Dustin Wolf. Parsons has spent the last 3 seasons splitting time between the Stockton Heat and the Kansas City Mavericks, playing in only one game in the AHL last year (Covid pandenmic and ankle surgery held him out). His best season while under contract with Calgary was in 2019-20 in the ECHL with KC, going 11-9-2 with a .911 Save % and a GAA of 3.03.
Parsons should have a chance to compete for time in Stockton this season, but he’s quickly falling down the depth chart with Adam Werner, Dan Vladar, Artyom Zagidulin and Dustin Wolf sitting in the Flames deep (not great) goalie corral ahead. One of that group will have to make their way to Calgary to be Jacob Markstrom’s backup, but it’s highly unlikely that it would end up being Parsons.
With Parsons getting a one year deal this could be his “show me” season within the Flames organization. The Stockton goaltending situation isn’t spectacular so a healthy Parsons could get a good chunk of ice time if he plays well. If not, he could end up being another Flames goaltending prospect that gets put on the pile of those who’ve failed.
Parsons is the 24th ranked Flames player in the Matchsticks and Gasoline Top 25 Under 25 for 2021.