It's Draft Day Open Thread: Threat Level Feaster

bookofloob
June 30 2013 12:29PM

 

 

 

It's been asserted by more than a few people that today is "The Most Important Day In Calgary Flames History", which, by the way, isn't true, but is one of those fork in the road moments for the organization, and need not be taken lighlty.

Flames fans, rightfully so, are TERRIFIED about the developments about to unfold today. Many of them are looking at their watch and wondering if it's too early to hit the sauce. For the record, I'm writing this now because it's too early for the liquor store to be open.

In an effort to kill time and to agitate an entire fanbase, I thought I'd take a minute to offer a little bit of a Draft Primer that touches on the picks held and some of the rumours surrounding the Flaming C.

Those Three Firsties

Too slick

photo via Mika Kylmäniemi

The Flames, as you all no doubtedly are aware by now, hold the 6th, 22nd, and 28th draft picks in the first round. There's been endless debate as to what should happen to those picks, and needless to say, none of us anywhere have any damn clue as to what is going to happen. The Flames drafted Mark Jankowski last season, so the brass has set a precedent of erratic behaviour that really none of us have a read on.

That said, assuming none of the picks are traded (more on that later), there's a fairly good consensus that the 6th overall pick should yield one of Elias Lindholm, Valeri Nichushkin, or Sean Monahan, with the outside possibilities of Alexsander Barkov or Rasmus Ristolainen getting casual mentions as well.

Jay Feaster, allegedly a GM, has said some petrifying things regarding this pick. As an example, he's been quoted as saying that it will be a factor if the player selected isn't willing to come over to North America right away (via Ryan Rishaug), likely speaking to either Nichushkin or Lindholm, both of whom are better options for the Flames than Sean Monahan, but you know, ENIGMATIC, so...

Another dumb thing that's been rumoured relatively heavily this morning is the 6th pick going to Philly in exchange for Braydon Coburn and (something else). I don't know what the other piece involved would be, but it's not going to be Sean Couturier, and Braydon Coburn is not worth giving up the 6th pick for, so if this happens, I hope you've got your Jager Bombs ready. We're going to need to drink to forget.

There's whispers of a deal between the Flames and the Winnipeg Jets as well. there's no word as to what or who is involved, but it's got to be Olli Jokinen, because why wouldn't it be? Don't trust whatever you see, and if you happen to be in Jersey right now and see Jay Feaster, hit him.  Right in the mouth. When you do it, you can say something awesome like "I'm supposed to tell you that Lanny sent me" or something. I don't care, just knock some sense into the man.

However...

Tyler Seguin

picture via slidingsideways

On the positive side, there have been rumours as well that the Boston Bruins, inexplicably, are looking to move young Tyler Seguin, and that the Flames are in on him.  I'm not sure where the rumour originated from, but it's been talked about enough to talk about here, so shut up and listen! 

The deal seems to be Seguin for the 6th, and the adorable Johnny Gaudreau. I know you all know that Flames Nation is high on Johnny Hockey, and if he were traded, a lot of you bought your Gaudreauby Baker shirts and are now nothing but rags to you, but make no mistake, if the Flames could pull off THAT deal, it's a total win. The Bruins allegedly souring on Seguin is their own misguided vision, not Calgary's.

There's a lot of bunk rumours out there that Seguin has a bit of a coke problem and some attitude, and certainly some of the things he says and does will not make him seem like a generally good person, but rumours are rumours, and hockey is hockey, and Seguin can play hockey. He had an off year (this season doesn't count anyway), but this is a Number 1 center waiting to happen, and the relative uncertainty surrounding Gaudreau makes the risk worth it.

22 and 28

No one has a damn clue what's happening with these picks. Our own Ryan Pike and Christian Roatis have profiled several potential targets for the Flames at these picks, and do a better job profiling any of them than I would, so you should check those out if you haven't yet.

The stronger likelihood here is that these picks get dealt. I don't know to whom or to where, but while distressing, it's a lot less to be concerned about than mismanaging the 6th pick. Still, have an extra shot or two ready just in case.

ALL THE PICKS

The Flames will also strut their stuff at the podium for picks 67, 135, 157, 187, and 198. There's not a whole lot to note in here, because drafting past even the second round is pretty volatile. Of note, with that third round pick, there's an outside chance the Flames could draft Jordan Subban, but this is mostly interesting because of the name, and not as much because of the player (not that he isn't good)

Also, assuming the team didn't foolishly draft a goalie in the first round (oh yeah, a real possibility. We all joke, because we've run out of tears), this might be where the team selects a goaltender, if they truly believe they need one, which, I don't know, I guess you can never have too many. If a Jussi Saros or Calvin Petersen is still available, it's worth a look at.

Eh Vinny

Vincent Lecavalier

Pic via Jennifer Kuhn

According to Elliotte Friedman, the Flames are one of the teams interviewing newly employable Vincent Lecavalier today. There are apparently about 8 or 9 teams interested in Vinny (including Atvomobilist, one of the worst and poorest teams in the KHL), but you'd have to believe only a portion of those teams are doing more than kicking tires.

The Flames, I'm sure, would love to sign Lecavalier, and honestly, if it were on a one year deal (two max) at a responsible dollar figure, I'd be okay with it. It seems unlikely that that would be the case, however, as the more teams in on him, the higher the price tag, at which point Feaster and friends should just casually bow out. The team is finally absolving itself of a bad contract era, and bringing in a new one is no way to usher in a new aeon of Flames hockey.

Drink Up

I know I haven't presented an overly rosy portrayal of how this day could shake out for your Calgary Flames today, but I just really don't trust the decision makers on this team. Given the rumours swirling around the team, some dumb quotes by Jay Feaster, MARK JANKOWSKI, and so on and so forth, it's hard to have any kind of confidence inspired.

That's why I'm off to go stock up on supplies. The draft kicks off at 1 PM Calgary time. Make a game out of it. Do your own thing. Me, I'm going to build a bunker out of empties and I'm preparing  to hide in it until Connor McDavid is draft eligible.

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The Book of Loob is the Nation's resident expert in flim-flammery and twaddle. An unabashed Flames fan, when BoL is not intellectually bankrupting Flames Nation, he can be seen rooting for Blair Jones, often to excess, at Book of Loob. Follow him on twitter here.
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#101 BJ
June 30 2013, 01:26PM
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Does it make sense to try and move up to grab Jones?

Brodie, Jones, Wotherspoon, Sieloff, Giordano, Wideman, Cundari, Breen.

We would be set at D and could move one of Gio or Wideman

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#102 RKD
June 30 2013, 01:26PM
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Maybe the Preds take Jones since they lost Suter?

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#103 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 01:27PM
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*Poile approaches the podium, looking confused and disoriented*

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#104 FireOnIce
June 30 2013, 01:27PM
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Preds take Seth Jones.

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#105 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:27PM
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Jones finally goes 4th.

Nichushkin, Monanhan and Lindholm on the board.

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#106 Justin Azevedo
June 30 2013, 01:28PM
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justin's top 5 available: lindholm, nichushkin, monahan, ristolainen, domi

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#107 ChinookArch
June 30 2013, 01:28PM
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Jones is perfect for Nashville's system. Surprised he dropped that far down.

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#108 FireOnIce
June 30 2013, 01:28PM
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It sounds like one of the songs in their "draft picks approaching the stage" repertoire is the Jurassic Park theme song.

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#109 flameon47
June 30 2013, 01:29PM
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Now Jones is gone maybe Carolina will be ready to move their pick and drop in the draft.

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#110 BJ
June 30 2013, 01:29PM
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ChinookArch wrote:

Jones is perfect for Nashville's system. Surprised he dropped that far down.

Preds Colours suit him... I think he belongs.

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#111 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:29PM
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@FireOnIce

It is. Really odd.

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#112 SmellOfVictory
June 30 2013, 01:29PM
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Brent G. wrote:

Lol Barkov does not look happy to be drafted by Florida

Nor Jones with Nashville. Haha

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#113 ChinookArch
June 30 2013, 01:30PM
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Apparently Jim Rutherford is on the phone. Trade in the works for #5?

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#114 BJ
June 30 2013, 01:30PM
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No clue what's gonna happen...

Cgy and Buf have been the rumors thus far...

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#115 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 01:30PM
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@FireOnIce

Great, now it's stuck in my head. Thanks a lot.

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#117 BurningSensation
June 30 2013, 01:32PM
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Please let us trade for #5 and not send away #6!!!! Two picks in a row would be AWESOMEBALLS!

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#118 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:33PM
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Elias Lindholm goes 5th. Damn it.

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#119 Justin Azevedo
June 30 2013, 01:33PM
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justin's top 5 available: nichushkin, monahan, ristolainen, domi, nurse

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#120 SmellOfVictory
June 30 2013, 01:33PM
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Faaaahck! Friggin' Carolina. Jerks.

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#121 ChinookArch
June 30 2013, 01:34PM
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Oh boy. Just what I was afraid of Nichushkin falls to Calgary. *Gulp.

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#122 Burnward
June 30 2013, 01:34PM
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Heeeere we go.

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#123 Justin Azevedo
June 30 2013, 01:34PM
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damn so this worked out horribly haha. oh well. monahan is a bro too

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#124 RKD
June 30 2013, 01:34PM
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Lindholm gone, I think we take Monahan. C'mon Feaster no going off the board today.

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#125 clyde
June 30 2013, 01:34PM
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Crap. I was worried theybwould take him at number 5

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#126 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 01:34PM
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Oh crudmuffins.

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#127 FireOnIce
June 30 2013, 01:34PM
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Well this rebuild just got a lot longer.

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#128 Kmp
June 30 2013, 01:34PM
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Ristolainen, please.

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#129 BurningSensation
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Elias Lindholm goes 5th. Damn it.

AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#130 flameon47
June 30 2013, 01:35PM
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Well please feaster take Monahan we need this.

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#131 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:36PM
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Please don't screw this up.

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#132 Veggie Dog
June 30 2013, 01:36PM
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Feaster and Weisbrod look grumpy.

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#133 SmellOfVictory
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RKD wrote:

Lindholm gone, I think we take Monahan. C'mon Feaster no going off the board today.

Technically staying on the board would involve Nichushkin.

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#134 negrilcowboy
June 30 2013, 01:37PM
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dont have a good feelin in the gut, feaster might be up to some maniacal move

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#135 Ryan Pike
June 30 2013, 01:37PM
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HERE WE GO KIDS. HERE WE GO! WILL IT BE ANOTHER STILLMAN, OR ANOTHER RICO FRIGGIN' FATA?

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#136 Burnward
June 30 2013, 01:37PM
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But what if Nichushkin is amazing. Stupid Edmonton.

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#137 SmellOfVictory
June 30 2013, 01:37PM
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I feel Nichushkin coming, actually. Get ready for some Russian, guys.

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#138 RKD
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

Technically staying on the board would involve Nichushkin.

No, I meant like last year when he took a high school kid named Jankowski.

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#139 BurningSensation
June 30 2013, 01:38PM
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I'm OK with either Monahan or Nichushkin (curls into a fetal position)

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#140 ChinookArch
June 30 2013, 01:38PM
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Well Nichushkin could be the a hell of a pick for the Flames.

Why do I get the feeling he's just gonna make me feel like hell for years?

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#141 SmellOfVictory
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Ryan Pike wrote:

HERE WE GO KIDS. HERE WE GO! WILL IT BE ANOTHER STILLMAN, OR ANOTHER RICO FRIGGIN' FATA?

Thanks for ruining my day with those two options.

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#142 Karimeeloranta
June 30 2013, 01:38PM
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This just in Barkov's shoulder has atrophied like a T-Rex claw. Bitter grapes, you betcha.

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#143 Justin Azevedo
June 30 2013, 01:38PM
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I AM SO WORRIED

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#144 Danglesnipecelly
June 30 2013, 01:38PM
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My palms are sweaty...

Oh god please make it quick and painless!

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#145 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 01:39PM
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I promised myself I wouldn't panic. DAMMIT!!

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#146 RKD
June 30 2013, 01:40PM
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YEAH MONAHAN!! A CENTER! AN OHL GUY!

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#147 FireOnIce
June 30 2013, 01:40PM
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Monahan it is.

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#148 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:40PM
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Phew. Monahan is a decent pick. Thank you.

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#149 SmellOfVictory
June 30 2013, 01:40PM
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Monahan! That's an okay consolation prize. Thanks Feasty.

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#150 BurningSensation
June 30 2013, 01:41PM
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warm happy place - warm happy place - warm happy place

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