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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#301 Burnward
June 30 2013, 03:06PM
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Holy Hell. Come on Shinkaruk.

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#302 RKD
June 30 2013, 03:06PM
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ChinookArch wrote:

You know Detroit's picking Shinkaruk.

Glad they didn't.

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#303 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 03:06PM
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I finally called one. Haven't hit on a on-the-spot prediction since Domi to Phoenix.

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#304 Craig
June 30 2013, 03:08PM
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I'm so nervous

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#305 FireOnIce
June 30 2013, 03:08PM
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RKD wrote:

The Fan 960 guys are still waiting to hear from Sean Monahan and haven't seen him in over one hour where some players have spoken to media within 10 minutes.

He did not seem that happy to be picked by Calgary. And when they asked him about himself, he was very brief and couldn't describe his playing.

They probably haven't made him available because he's going to get traded. Who knows.

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#306 Justin Azevedo
June 30 2013, 03:08PM
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justin's top 5 available: shinkaruk, petan, lehkonen, klimchuk, erne

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#307 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 03:09PM
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If he falls to the Flames and they pass on him I'll be, uh...unhappy.

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#308 RKD
June 30 2013, 03:10PM
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FireOnIce wrote:

He did not seem that happy to be picked by Calgary. And when they asked him about himself, he was very brief and couldn't describe his playing.

They probably haven't made him available because he's going to get traded. Who knows.

Well I just heard he's finally made it and will be interviewed after Calgary picks at 22. Hard to read facial expressions, sometimes you don't know what he's thinking. But I don't think he's going to be an Erixon. What? Did he want to go to Oilers or Canes?

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#309 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 03:10PM
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@FireOnIce

Look at the picture of him on the Flames website. Seriously, calm down. What is with people around here and freaking out about nothing?

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#310 Burnward
June 30 2013, 03:10PM
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Draft Fucale and send Toronto into fits. It would be awesome.

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#311 BurningSensation
June 30 2013, 03:10PM
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Toronto really needs some Adam Erne right now

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#312 Burnward
June 30 2013, 03:11PM
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@Baalzamon

We just aren't used to shiny new things.

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#313 RKD
June 30 2013, 03:11PM
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Shinkaruk is available!

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#314 Teamsupreme
June 30 2013, 03:12PM
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come on shinkaruk

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#315 FireOnIce
June 30 2013, 03:12PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

Look at the picture of him on the Flames website. Seriously, calm down. What is with people around here and freaking out about nothing?

Dude, I watched him get drafted and talk to Duthie. Simply reporting what I saw him do.

The second part was hyperbole.

I'm actually quite calm, thanks for asking.

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#316 Burnward
June 30 2013, 03:12PM
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#317 Brent G.
June 30 2013, 03:12PM
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C'mon fucale!!! I want to see everyone's heads explode lol

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#318 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 03:12PM
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Holy crap. Can't believe it. Shinkaruk is available.

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#319 lionlager
June 30 2013, 03:12PM
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HOLY COW FEASTER DONT MESS THIS UP

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#320 Scott Lemieux
June 30 2013, 03:12PM
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OK, HUGE test for the Flames organization right now. They have a potential elite forward fall into their lap -- will they take it?

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#321 Justin Azevedo
June 30 2013, 03:12PM
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my body is ready

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#322 BurningSensation
June 30 2013, 03:13PM
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I will seriously lose my mind if we manage to get Monahan AND Shinkaruk in this draft

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#323 flameon47
June 30 2013, 03:13PM
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Come to us Shinkaruk. Can't believe he dropped this far I had him at number 10

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#324 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 03:13PM
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@Brent G.

I would lose it.

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#325 ChinookArch
June 30 2013, 03:13PM
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The Flames braintrust must know Shinkaruk. How many times was Medicine Hat in town? Please another center . . . this center. I can't believe Cory Pronman has him at #10.

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#327 Kmp
June 30 2013, 03:14PM
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Still think they go Zykov here.

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#328 Ryan Pike
June 30 2013, 03:14PM
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PLEASE GOD LET IT BE SHINKARUK. PLEASE.

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#329 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 03:15PM
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@ChinookArch

Shinkaruk is only a center in the same sense that Cammalleri is. I guarantee you he plays wing in the NHL.

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#330 RKD
June 30 2013, 03:15PM
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The hockey gods are finally smiling on the Flames, I thought for sure Hunter would have been gone earlier.

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#331 Craig
June 30 2013, 03:16PM
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PLEASE SHINKARUK

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#332 Brent G.
June 30 2013, 03:16PM
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Lol maybe everyone passed on him because having a soul is a caveat to playing for their team...

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#333 Ryan Pike
June 30 2013, 03:17PM
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HYPERVENTALATING.

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#334 Teamsupreme
June 30 2013, 03:17PM
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no

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#335 ChinookArch
June 30 2013, 03:17PM
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WTF!

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#336 Craig
June 30 2013, 03:17PM
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*tears

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#337 Brent G.
June 30 2013, 03:17PM
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Who's that!?

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#338 Ryan Pike
June 30 2013, 03:17PM
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Wait, what? Not Shinkaruk?

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#339 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 03:17PM
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sigh... knew it was too good to be true.

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#340 FireOnIce
June 30 2013, 03:17PM
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WHO?!

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#341 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 03:17PM
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Of for the love of...

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#342 RKD
June 30 2013, 03:17PM
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OFF THE BOARD! Maybe Shinkaruk fell so far for a reason.

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#343 Burnward
June 30 2013, 03:17PM
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ARGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#344 BurningSensation
June 30 2013, 03:17PM
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Emile Poirier....NOT what I was hoping for

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#345 FireOnIce
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Never heard of this dude. What a waste.

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#346 Veggie Dog
June 30 2013, 03:17PM
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@ChinookArch

Oops. Feaster can't be trusted after all.

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#347 lionlager
June 30 2013, 03:18PM
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WHAT NOO

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#348 Bean-counting cowboy
June 30 2013, 03:18PM
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Rrrrrrrrg

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#349 flameon47
June 30 2013, 03:18PM
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Well guess its time to tip the bottle and start drinking.

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#350 FireOnIce
June 30 2013, 03:18PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

sigh... knew it was too good to be true.

Can people freak out now, is that okay with you?

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