June 30 2013 02:09PM
Amidst a tumultuous first round of the NHL Draft, the Calgary Flames brought a rare glimpse of sanity and stability when they chose Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67s sixth overall – possibly the only pick accurately guessed by mock drafts and prognosticators.
June 30 2013 11:56AM
For the tenth straight draft, the Calgary Flames won't have their own second round pick. However, with all the ballyhoo about how deep this draft is, even after the first round, some onlookers (myself included) are thinking that Jay Feaster and his staff may try to wheel and deal one of their roster players or later first round picks in order to get more picks between 30 and 60.
Is this a feasible plan? And which teams are likely to take the bait, so to speak?
June 26 2013 09:36AM
When the regular season ended, much of the discussion points from Bob Hartley and Jay Feaster revolved around the Flames becoming harder to play against. The team has a lot of skilled forwards, you see, but the skilled guys aren't huge and their huge guys aren't all that skilled.
June 25 2013 02:15PM
Three years ago, the Flames entered the NHL Draft with a problem. They had zero picks in the first two rounds of the draft – having traded their first away for Olli Jokinen and their second for Rene Bourque. With no picks in the “important” rounds of the draft, the scouting staff dug into their bag of tricks when the club went to the podium at 64th overall.
They grabbed former Flame Paul Reinhart's eldest son, Max, with that pick. Three years hence, that pick is making the scouts look pretty smart.
June 21 2013 06:53AM
Ranked 47thamong North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, defenseman Steven Santini seems to check off a lot of the boxes that one would expect the Calgary Flames look for in a prospect: he's American. He's decently big. He's heading to the NCAA. He's a defenseman. Depending on how other teams rank him, he may be available in the late first round or, perhaps, when Calgary picks in the third round.