Prior to being signed by the Flames in 2020, Kinnvall was invited to the Flames Development Camp, where he stood out in a good way. After some strong scouting from former Flame Hakan Loob, the team signed him to a two-year entry-level contract. Kinnvall spent this season completing the final year of his deal in Sweden and will make the trip over to North America to start next season.
Turning 24 in a just few days, Kinnvall has developed quite substantially compared to some of the Flames’ younger prospects. He has also spent the last four seasons playing against men in the SHL and HockeyAllsvenskan with Timra IK and HV71, and will be looking to translate his play over to North America.
And whether he is able to take another step forward in his game is the key question for him, and is why he was ranked all over the place in TWC’s prospect rankings. Some saw him as having the tools to take the next step in his development, and ranked him as high as sixth, while others had little faith that he would be as effective in the AHL as he was in the SHL, placing him as low as 14th. Let’s take a look at his game.