Backlund and Monahan are already two of the best Flames firsts (ever)

Ryan Pike
April 29 2016 08:00AM

On June 24, the Calgary Flames will head to the podium and draft in the first round for the 43rd time in their franchise's history. (Well, presuming they don't trade their pick again.)

Historically, the Flames have had a mixed record in the first round. A perusal of their first round picks reveals a group that includes players that never left Europe, players that faded away in minor-pro, one deceased person (albeit from a really tragic accident) and tons of missed opportunities. However, the Flames have also drafted a few really good players in the first round, including a Hall of Famer and several others that have gone on to really good careers.

The 2015-16 Flames featured three past first round selections: 2007's Mikael Backlund, 2013's Sean Monahan and 2014's Sam Bennett. When you take a statistical look at Flames picks, both in terms of their time with the Flames and their overall NHL careers, Backlund and Monahan are already among the franchise's best first rounders.

Here's how they stack up!

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
April 29 2016 05:00AM

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Do the Wings ever consider a new GM, Nazem Kadri and his penalties, Oilers and PK Subban, Canucks draft luck, Flames year end review, Cap strapped teams, round two of playoffs, Jarome Iginla, Mark Giordano, Jake Virtanen, lots of draft talk and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Flames officially sign Daniel Pribyl

Ari Yanover
April 28 2016 05:50PM

For about a month now, Daniel Pribyl's name has been on Flames fans' radars. Of course, we can expect the front office to have been aware for far longer than that - and with good reason, as the 23-year-old Czech forward has officially signed a two-year deal with Calgary.

The Flames weren't the only team interested in Pribyl, but they're the ones who landed the 6'3, 238 lb. right winger - sticking with him even as he requires ACL surgery (which he actually had done in Calgary, according to Bob McKenzie).

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Sam Bennett

Ari Yanover
April 28 2016 12:00PM

Expectations were high for Sam Bennett entering his rookie season. Not only was he following up stellar campaigns by first Sean Monahan and then Johnny Gaudreau, but he was also coming in as the highest draft pick in Calgary Flames history. The Flames were the only team of the modern era to have never picked in the top five; Bennett's selection at fourth overall changed that.

Combine that with a pretty good playoff showing the year before, not to mention entering the 2015-16 fully healthy (shoulder ailments be gone!), and Bennett should have had a fantastic season. He never quite found a stable place in the lineup, though, and only had really quality players to play with when he was playing the wing alongside Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik.

But while Bennett didn't exactly blow anyone away during his rookie campaign - there won't be any Calder Trophy votes to be found here - he still put together a solid season, and one that still points towards a bright future.

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What do the Flames have to show for their last 10 first rounders?

Ryan Pike
April 28 2016 10:00AM

Until maybe a few seasons ago, the Calgary Flames were known as a team that was bad at drafting. Like, really bad. Like, couldn't find a nut if they were a squirrel in a room full of nuts bad. Not only was their drafting not particularly great, their asset management with their first round picks – free assets that teams get from the league to help them stay competitive – was pretty awful as well.

So to take a look at Calgary's drafting and asset management, here's what the Flames have done with their last 10 original draft picks.

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