Calgary Flames sign Matt Coronato to entry-level contract

The Calgary Flames have signed forward Matt Coronato to an entry-level contract, the club announced Sunday afternoon.

The news became official just minutes later. Daily face-to-face hockey insider Frank Seravalli reported that the two parties had agreed on the terms of an agreement.

Coronato, 20, had 20 goals and 36 points in 34 games as a sophomore at Harvard University during the 2022-23 season. The Flames selected the five-foot-ten right winger in the first round (13 overall) of the 2021 NHL Draft.

FlamesNation Sportsnet 960 contributor and radio host Pat Steinberg confirmed on Sunday night that Coronato’s deal with the Flames would be effective immediately, with the 2022-23 season counting as the first « year » of the contract. Coronato will be eligible to become a restricted free agent in 2025.

Coronato joined the Harvard Crimson in time for the 2021-22 season after a productive USHL career with Chicago Steel, where he left as the franchise’s all-time leader.

During his two-year tenure at Harvard, Coronato had 38 goals and 72 points in 68 games. He concluded his college career with an unnecessary outing in an 8-1 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday.

Coronato also played for Team USA at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, scoring four goals and seven points in five games. He is the second member of the Flames’ 2021 draft class to sign with the team, joining sixth-round pick and Seattle Thunderbirds captain Lucas Ciona (No. 173 overall).

With Coronato now on their roster, the Flames will be back in action on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. MT to take on the Los Angeles Kings at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

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