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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#51 BurningSensation
June 30 2013, 01:14PM
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WIll Florida pass on Jones? That could make things REALLY interesting

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#52
June 30 2013, 01:15PM
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BJ wrote:

What about Burmistrov and a 2nd Rnd for #28?

yes

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#53 @ChinookArchYYC
June 30 2013, 01:16PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

WIll Florida pass on Jones? That could make things REALLY interesting

They allegedly want players that can now. I could see them taking him. Jones is most ready to play now.

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#54 Brent G.
June 30 2013, 01:16PM
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The oilers think they are building a dynasty but the avalanche are definitely going to out shine them with that line up.

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride ... *sigh*

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#55 RKD
June 30 2013, 01:17PM
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Wow, Barkov goes to Florida. Jones drops one spot or more.

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#56 BurningSensation
June 30 2013, 01:17PM
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Barkov at #2 - WOW

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#57 Craig
June 30 2013, 01:17PM
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were getting drouin

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#59 Burnward
June 30 2013, 01:17PM
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Whoeee, the fun begins.

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#60 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:17PM
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Barkov goes second overall. Crushing my dreams.

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#61 @ChinookArchYYC
June 30 2013, 01:17PM
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Sick and tired of watching Florida picking in the top 5 every fricking year.

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#62
June 30 2013, 01:17PM
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justin's top 5 available: drouin, lindholm, jones, nichushkin, monahan

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#63 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 01:18PM
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*Yzerman stomps feet, throwing a tantrum*

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#64 Brent G.
June 30 2013, 01:18PM
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Lol Barkov does not look happy to be drafted by Florida

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#65 FireOnIce
June 30 2013, 01:20PM
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@ChinookArchYYC wrote:

Sick and tired of watching Florida picking in the top 5 every fricking year.

I concur. Gives credence to the thing in European football where crap teams drop down to the lower league, and good teams move up.

If you get to draft top 5 year in and year out, it's probably time to disband the team. They're doing poorly. Give it up.

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#66 Ryan Pike
June 30 2013, 01:21PM
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OMG.

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#67 Burnward
June 30 2013, 01:21PM
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@Brent G.

Nope, he's just Finnish. Emotion is not an emotion over there.

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#68 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 01:21PM
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Brent G. wrote:

Lol Barkov does not look happy to be drafted by Florida

He never looks happy.

But then, who would be happy to go to a team that was just shunned by Corban Knight?

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#69 BJ
June 30 2013, 01:21PM
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If the Flames think Horvat and Monahan are on the same level... we could be moving down.

The question is what do they really think about Monahan?

Drouin 3rd... this is getting interesting.

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#70 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:21PM
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Lighting takes Drouin. Jones down to 4.

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#71 RKD
June 30 2013, 01:22PM
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Drouin and Stamkos will be sick, Jones drops another spot.

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#72 Veggie Dog
June 30 2013, 01:22PM
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Brent G. wrote:

Lol Barkov does not look happy to be drafted by Florida

Prob just lack of english ability. I think Fins are less commonly fluent in english than the other nordics.

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#73 flameon47
June 30 2013, 01:22PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Barkov goes second overall. Crushing my dreams.

Mine too, and i got the feeling the drinking will soon began.

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#74 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 01:22PM
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@FireOnIce

They do that in Euro hockey too. The Allsvenskan is Elitserien's relegation league (I guess it's Svenska Hockeyliigean or something now..)

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#75
June 30 2013, 01:22PM
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justin's top 5 available: lindholm, jones, nichushkin, monahan, ristolainen

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#76 BJ
June 30 2013, 01:23PM
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bookofloob wrote:

BARKOV WHAT THE TRUCK

If I am Florida I take Barkov

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#77 Craig
June 30 2013, 01:24PM
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Im so nervous

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#78 negrilcowboy
June 30 2013, 01:25PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

They do that in Euro hockey too. The Allsvenskan is Elitserien's relegation league (I guess it's Svenska Hockeyliigean or something now..)

so the oilers would be toiling in the echl if it was applied to north america.

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#79 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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#80 RKD
June 30 2013, 01:26PM
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Maybe the Preds take Jones since they lost Suter?

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

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

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#83 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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#84
June 30 2013, 01:28PM
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justin's top 5 available: lindholm, nichushkin, monahan, ristolainen, domi

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#85 @ChinookArchYYC
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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#86 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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#87 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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#88 BJ
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@ChinookArchYYC 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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#89 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:29PM
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@FireOnIce

It is. Really odd.

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#90 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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#91 @ChinookArchYYC
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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#92 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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#93 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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#95 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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#96 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:33PM
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Elias Lindholm goes 5th. Damn it.

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

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

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#99 @ChinookArchYYC
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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#100 Burnward
June 30 2013, 01:34PM
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Heeeere we go.

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