June 10 2016 08:00AM
The risk of drafting from powerhouse junior teams is the risk of picking a passenger over a driver. This debate has mostly been focused on potential Flames first rounder Matthew Tkachuk, the London Knight who was placed with Mitch Marner and Christian Dvorak on the CHL's highest scoring line. It hasn't seemed to affected his draft position, as it has Taylor Raddysh.
The Erie Otter has been tasked first line duties alongside OHL superstars Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat, and has presumably fallen because he is the least productive of all three. However, that may not be the case. Digging into the data, there's a good case that Raddysh is an under-appreciated play driver, and a possible contender for one of the Flames' second round picks.
May 24 2016 08:00AM
Not the Finn you want, but still a Finn to consider. London Knights defenceman Olli Juolevi is the feature of today's First Round Targets post.
May 09 2016 08:00AM
On Friday, we looked at the many ways the Oilers could use the fourth overall pick.
Today is Vancouver's turn. The Canucks are in a bit more of a dire situation. At the very least, the Oilers have three centres that any team in the league would covet. Based on his usage this year, Markus Granlund will probably walk into the 2016-17 season challenging for the Canucks' 2C position.
The Canucks are an impending disaster, more so than they were this year. There's many reasons for this, but for the sake of this article's length, we won't go through them (OK fine, quickly: they failed to trade their best defenceman and will probably extend Matt Bartkowski instead, their top line next year are all over 35 and probably untradeable, their goalie is a Six Million Dollar Man without bionic parts, they're still paying Luongo until 2023, Luca Sbisa, etc). This draft is crucial for the Canucks to remain competitive for the next few years.
May 06 2016 08:30AM
As sorry as the Flames were this year, they laid some real beatdowns on their longtime rivals in both Vancouver and Edmonton. However, the hated foes get the last (technically first) laugh at the 2016 draft, "earning" the opportunity to draft ahead of the Flames at #4 and #5.
When the Oilers step up at #4, there's going to be a lot of collateral damage for the Flames. Based on what the Oilers and Canucks want, it could certainly prevent what the Flames choose on draft day. Over the next few days, we're going to try and decode almost all of the plausible moves for the Canadian Pacific rivals, and how they impact the Flames' decision at #6.
May 03 2016 12:00PM
The Flames probably have not had a draft quite like the 2015 draft in a while. With only five picks and no first rounder, the team scooped up perhaps the most exciting group of prospects this fanbase has seen in a long time. Plausibly, three out of the five selections could see some time in the NHL next year, if not, surely in the immediate future. Heck, one of them already has an NHL game under his belt.
None of the 2015 draftees has been as visible as Andrew Mangiapane, who for the second straight season hit triple digits with the Barrie Colts. The small winger produced a feature's length of highlight clips this year, and has raised the hopes of Flames fans.