June 19 2016 10:00AM
When you have the 35th overall pick of the draft, as the Calgary Flames do, you kind of have a late first round pick, in a way. There are always some players expected to be taken in the first round who fall - and that's the value of having an early second round pick.
Some of the players to watch out for are guys who would be higher picks, easily, except for the fact that they're smaller. Vitalii Abramov, Adam Mascherin, Samuel Girard: all possibilities.
They're also names the Flames likely wouldn't have picked 10 years ago. Today, the Flames' best offensive player is listed at 5'9; one of their most anticipated prospects is 5'10. Over the past few seasons, Calgary has opened itself back up to the little guys.
In the context of size, how successful have Flames drafts over the past 10 years?
June 19 2016 08:00AM
Sean Day is big.
Standing 6'2" and weighing roughly 230 pounds, he was an early physically-developing youngster and earned exceptional status from the Canadian Hockey League. Since then, he's gone from being a player considered to be a slam-dunk first round selection in this year's draft to one that might not even get chosen in the first two rounds.
Would he be worth a sniff for the Calgary Flames with one of their later second round selections? (Or even if he's available in the early third round?)
June 18 2016 02:00PM
Calgary Flames General Manager Brad Treliving loves draft picks. In fact, he's declared as much in front of the media on multiple occasions since taking the reins of the Flames in the spring of 2014.
Draft picks are valuable in a few different ways. They can be used to select players, which gives teams a chance to load up on assets. They can be used to trade straight-up for current assets, like how the Flames added Dougie Hamilton at last year's draft. And most of all, they provide flexibility. Don't have a lot of picks? Don't expect teams to call you asking about them, which makes it difficult to do much of anything.
Barring trades between now and then, the Flames are primed to head into the 2016 NHL draft with the most picks they've had in the Lockout Era: 10, including five picks in the first three rounds.
What relationship has the number of picks had with what they've been able to do at the draft?
June 18 2016 12:00PM
Sweet lord above, this is a beautiful goal. I'd like to have seen a bit more of that from Shore in Stockton last season.
Sometimes really good players don't get to be NHLers. That's one of the ways to explain the puzzle that is Drew Shore so far. It isn't that he hasn't had success at the AHL level - in fact he has been mildly productive at the NHL level - it's just, sometimes it doesn't work out.
Let's see how he did this season with Stockton after the jump.
June 18 2016 10:00AM
Turning our attention to the WHL, FutureConsiderations' Western Regional Scout Donesh Mazloum joins us to talk WHL draft eligibles. The 'Dub consistently pumps talent into the NHL, and 2016 looks no different.