June 25 2016 07:00AM
In the run-up to the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, we heard all kinds of crazy rumours about the Calgary Flames. In short? The Flames had been connected to basically every team, pursuing every goalie, and were going to trade everything to get everything else.
What ended up happening was a lot less scary, and much more befitting the poker player that is Flames General Manager Brad Treliving: they used their first round pick to grab Matthew Tkachuk and traded their best second round pick to St. Louis to land themselves goalie Brian Elliott.
They needed a starting goaltender and some additional high-end forwards. They got a starting goaltender and a high-end forward. Now they turn the page towards the second day of the NHL Draft (which begins at 8 a.m. MT).
June 24 2016 06:01PM
After a first few picks that went a little bit differently than most predicted, the Calgary Flames had a really good player fall into their laps at the 2016 NHL Draft. After teammate Olli Juolevi went (surprisingly) to the Vancouver Canucks at fifth overall, the Flames nabbed London Knights forward Matthew Tkachuk at sixth overall.
After tons and tons of trade chatter over the last 36 hours, the Flames ended up getting the player they likely wanted the most after heavily scouting the Memorial Cup in Red Deer rather heavily.
June 24 2016 04:00PM
Every year, fans and media personnel alike look forward to the annual National Hockey League entry draft. The 30 NHL clubs jockey to select the best and brightest 18-year-olds available – along with some 19 and 20-year-olds that fell through the cracks in previous drafts – and try to upgrade their teams in any way necessary.
The NHL Draft is like a blockbuster film: there's tons of anticipation and fanfare, and a non-trivial chance of crushing, crushing disappointment at the results. But there's always that tiny voice inside every hockey fan's heart asking, "Hey, what if this year isn't a horror show?"
That's why we love the draft. Sometimes it's amazing, sometimes it's horrible, but it's always an event worth waiting for. Last year the Calgary Flames made a big splash. What will they do this year? We'll all find out together, with your friends at FlamesNation having continuing coverage all weekend long! Ari Yanover and Pat Steinberg are on the ground in scenic Buffalo, while the rest of the crew is located remotely to provide instant analysis for your reading pleasure.
The first round begins at 5 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and all around the hockey-related internet. Join us, won't you?
June 24 2016 02:00PM
Barring trades, the Calgary Flames will draft at sixth overall at the 2016 National Hockey League Draft on Friday night in Buffalo.
The draft has a pretty cut-and-dry consensus top three grouping – Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi – who will likely be selected by Toronto, Winnipeg and Columbus respectively. After that, there's a bit of a debate regarding who goes where, and it's frustrating because Calgary's pick is dependent on what happens above them.
In an effort to help alleviate any confusion, we've put together a handy guide to the Flames' pick.
June 24 2016 10:00AM
Over the course of the last hockey season, I had the great opportunity to watch many, many Western Hockey League games. While we've had a chance to profile several players as part of our draft coverage here, there are several that we haven't gotten a chance to yet.
In the interest of sharing some (hopefully) handy information with you, here are the notes I have on the players we didn't get around to doing specific profiles on.