Draft Day Two - Open Thread

Kent Wilson
June 26 2010 09:19AM

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 27:  General Manager Darryl Sutter of the Calgary Flames speaks with the media during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

After the disappointing non-evnt that was day one fo the draft for Calgary fans, there's some anticipation that Sutter will make at least one or two minor moves on day two, be it in the form of moving picks or dumping salary. If not, at least the Flames will actually be making picks.

Updates and reactions will be added to this thread as things happen.

UPDATE - Perhaps the good news for the Flames is that there was a lot of unexpected "reaches" in the first round, meaning a bunch of quality players got bumped down the order. John McFarland, Stanislav Galiev, Tyler Pitlick, Jon Merril, Alex Pterovic, Brad Ross, Kirrill Kabanov, Jordan Weal, Tyler Toffoli and Justin Falk were all considered decent bets to be top 30 picks themselves. With that much quality still around, hopefully Sutter can take advantage today.

- For those unaware, the Flames picks today are: 64, 73, 104, 108, 133, 163 and 193

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Draft Day Open Thread

Kent Wilson
June 25 2010 12:30PM

 

 

With Pat Steinberg on the scene in LA, expect more updates from the ground as well as on topical analysis from myself and Robert Cleave if (when!) the Flames make a move this weekend.

For now, feel free to use this open thread to discuss rumors, speculate about trades or just simply wail and rend your clothes over the Flames unenviable position.

To get things rollings, I'll make some predictions:

1.) A Flames defender will be dealt this weekend. Ian White or Robyn Regehr for some sort of player + daft upgrade or Adam Pardy for a third rounder.

2.) Sutter will find a way to sneak inside the top 60.

3.) An "extra" forward will be dealt, making room for Chris Higgins to be re-signed.

Let 'er rip folks.

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2010 First Round Preview/Mock Draft

Kent Wilson
June 24 2010 04:35PM

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 27:  An overview of the draft floor photographed during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Even though the Flames don't (yet!) own first round selection, day one of the entry draft is typically the most interesting and action packed for those interested. As such, it makes to profile the teams and player who will mostly likely be involved.

1.) Edmonton Oilers - Taylor Hall

Even though David Staples is convinced there's a major push inside the Oilers organization to pick Seguin, I'm going to stick to the consensus for this preview and go with Hall to EDM as the first pick. That said, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Oilers and Bruins broker a deal that would see BOS pick Hall first overall instead.

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Flames 2010 Draft targets

Kent Wilson
June 23 2010 12:36PM

WINDSOR, ON - JANUARY 20: Ryan Martindale #77 of Team Orr poses for a portrait prior to the 2010 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game on January 20, 2010 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Martindale plays for the Ottawa 67's (OHL). (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

Predicting picks in the NHL entry draft outside of, say, the top 5 is a bit of a fools errand. Not only do we not have access to the Flames draft board, where the club's scouts would rank order the kids available, we also can't anticipate the moves of the 29 other franchises on the day.

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Flames 2010-2011 Schedule Released

Kent Wilson
June 22 2010 10:57AM

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 3:  Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers react as David Moss #25 celebrates his winning goal with teammates (L-R) Jay Bouwmeester, Rene Bourque, Daymond Langkow and Dion Phaneuf in the third period during an NHL game on October 3, 2009 at Rexall Arena in Edmonton, Canada. The Calgary Flames defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3. (Photo by Jimmy Jeong/Getty Images)

 

The Flames will begin the season on the road versus Taylor Hall (maybe?) and the Edmonton Oilers on October 7. Other dates of note inlcude:

The Flames have their home opener on Sunday, October 10th as they host the Los Angeles Kings. The Flames' annual New Year's Eve home game has Calgary hosting the Colorado Avalanche for a 7:00 pm start at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Christmas schedule includes home games against Vancouver (December 1st), Tampa Bay (December 7th), Columbus (December 13th), Toronto (December 16th), Minnesota (December 18th) and Buffalo (December 27th). Calgary will face the Edmonton Oilers on New Years Day, Saturday January 1 at Rexall Place.

Personally, I just hope there's less back-to-backs this year.

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