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

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

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

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

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#105 ChinookArch
June 30 2013, 01:41PM
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That was close. I was really hoping for Lindholm.

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#106 Brent G.
June 30 2013, 01:41PM
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Does Monahan instantly become the flames 3rd best prospect?

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#107 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 01:42PM
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The clamminess is rapidly receding from my palms. Good solid pick. don't get fancy. I like it.

Nichushkin or Nurse to Edmonton? I'd love it if they reached on Lazar.

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#108 RKD
June 30 2013, 01:42PM
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We need talented centers, keep 'em coming!

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#109 Justin Azevedo
June 30 2013, 01:42PM
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justin's top 5 available: nichushkin, ristolainen, domi, nurse, mantha

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#111 Justin Azevedo
June 30 2013, 01:42PM
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@Brent G.

yes.

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#112 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:43PM
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@Brent G.

Top-4 at least.

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#113 exsanguinator
June 30 2013, 01:43PM
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best center available? if so, I really like this pick.

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#114 Danglesnipecelly
June 30 2013, 01:44PM
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Now I want Petan at 22 and Hartman at 28

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#115 RKD
June 30 2013, 01:44PM
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I think the Oilers take Nurse, they are forward heavy.

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#116 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:44PM
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Niederreiter traded for Cal Clutterbuck. There goes two Flames targets.

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#117 RKD
June 30 2013, 01:45PM
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Haha, Katz's son has clown hair worse than his father LOL1

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#118 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 01:45PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Niederreiter traded for Cal Clutterbuck. There goes two Flames targets.

Um. I did not see that coming.

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#119 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:45PM
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Nurse goes 7th.

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#120 BurningSensation
June 30 2013, 01:45PM
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Here's hoping Monahan is closer to the Ron Francis end of the spectrum than he is to the Mike Fisher end.

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#121 Justin Azevedo
June 30 2013, 01:46PM
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justin's top 5 available: nichushkin, ristolainen, domi, mantha, pulock

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#122 FireOnIce
June 30 2013, 01:46PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Niederreiter traded for Cal Clutterbuck. There goes two Flames targets.

Wow, Minnesota got hooked up if Niederreiter hits any of his potential.

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#123 SmellOfVictory
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Niederreiter traded for Cal Clutterbuck. There goes two Flames targets.

Good. I don't think El Niño will amount to all that much.

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#124 ChinookArch
June 30 2013, 01:46PM
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Another team I'm sick of watching at the top of the draft list. #Edmontonblows.

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#125 SmellOfVictory
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The Oilers missed out on Monahan, so they decided to Nurse their wounds! Ha ha ha

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#127 RKD
June 30 2013, 01:48PM
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Nurse is a great pick for the Oil.

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#128 negrilcowboy
June 30 2013, 01:48PM
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clutterbuck reunited with oshawa generals linemate john tavares.

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#129 Brent G.
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Nurses sister is smoking hot

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#130 BJ
June 30 2013, 01:49PM
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Having a great day... NHL draft and Tree Brewing Hop Head Black IPA 8.2%

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#131 Baalzamon
June 30 2013, 01:50PM
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So. How happy did Monahan look to be selected by the Flames?

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#132 loudogYYC
June 30 2013, 01:51PM
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I'm glad Clutterbuck is out of the West. Nino replaces PM Bouchard for Minny.

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#133 ChinookArch
June 30 2013, 01:51PM
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McTavish really likes Nurse's sister.

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#134 Ryan Pike
June 30 2013, 01:52PM
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Re Monahan: everyone can un-pee their pants now.

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#135 Justin Azevedo
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justin's top 5 available: nichushkin, domi, mantha, pulock, horvat

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#136 Baalzamon
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Interesting... oh wait, the other thing.

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#137 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:53PM
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Ristolainen gone to BUF.

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#138 FireOnIce
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Baalzamon wrote:

So. How happy did Monahan look to be selected by the Flames?

Not sure if you're asking for reals, or being sarcastic. I'd say he seemed more indifferent than anything.

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#139 BJ
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Niederreiter traded for Cal Clutterbuck. There goes two Flames targets.

Hate it because we miss out on both of them.... suprised that Clutterbuck got that return and that NYI dumped Nino for a bottom sixer...

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#140 Baalzamon
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So. Jersey gets Nichushkin? Can't see him making it past Dallas, anyway.

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#141 BJ
June 30 2013, 01:55PM
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Maybe it opens up a possible Granlund for Nino swap

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#142 SmellOfVictory
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Baalzamon wrote:

So. How happy did Monahan look to be selected by the Flames?

He looked happy, to be sure. Whether that's "yay Flames" or "yay I got picked", who knows, but huge smile.

Also, I think I'm glad with how this turned out. If Lindy and Mono had both been available and Feaster picked the lesser of the two I'd always have blamed him for it (even though it's a pretty close race either way).

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#143 RKD
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Wow the Devils take Schneider, is Marty retiring?

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#144 Kent Wilson
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Holy crap...9th overall for Corey Schneider.

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#145 ChinookArch
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Wow, that's a surprise!

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#146 FireOnIce
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WOW! #9 pick for Schneider.

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#147 Baalzamon
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I might have to start liking Buffalo again. Haven't been a fan ever since Afinogenov disappeared.

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#148 RKD
June 30 2013, 01:59PM
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Luongo stays in Van city, sucks for him. His wife lives in Florida, doesn't she?

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#149 Kent Wilson
June 30 2013, 01:59PM
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@RKD

He should have retired 2 years ago.

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#150 ChinookArch
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I can hear all of Vancouver moaning over the mountain range.

I'm happy!

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