NHL Draft Scout Series: USA

Christian Roatis
June 20 2015 11:00AM

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The NHL Draft Scout Series is racking up the Air Miles now, jumping from Scandinavia back to North America and into the home of the beer and land of the free - the United States of America. 

Matt Grainda is a former ISS scout and is currently with theScout.ca, and he stops in to chat American talent for the upcoming National Hockey League Draft. 

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An (extremely brief) history of the Calgary Flames trading up in the first round

arii
June 19 2015 01:00PM

This year's draft is expected to be a deep one, and the Flames should be able to get a good player at 15th overall. The only real downside is that they aren't picking higher, because that's where the better players are usually taken.

It's a shame, too, because there are a number of players expected to go before 15th that would be perfect fits for the Flames. Ivan Provorov or Zach Werenski on defence aren't happening, and neither is a big bodied right winger like Mikko Rantanen. (Timo Meier is a possibility, though.) 

One way to rectify that would be to trade up. Of course, trading up - especially to get into the top 10 - is a costly proposition, and may require assets the Flames won't be willing to part with.

In anticipation of the potential for the Flames to do just that this draft, though, here's a look back at every time the Calgary Flames have traded up in the first round.

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Flames Draft History: Ups and Downs (1997-2001)

Ryan Pike
June 19 2015 11:07AM

If the goal of drafting is the put NHL players on your NHL team, the late 1990s were a time of moderate success and crushing, abject failure. Three of their five picks were out-and-out not that good, and were also followed by some really shoddy asset management. Two of their picks actually turned into good, albeit not star-level, NHL players, and helped the Flames get to the Stanley Cup Final in the decade that followed.

But just take into account how lucky the Flames are to have gotten Sean Monahan at sixth overall in 2013; the last two times they traded at that spot, they got Daniel Tkaczuk and Rico freakin' Fata. It could have been so much worse.

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Realistic Expectations For Patrick Sieloff

Mike Cadarette
June 19 2015 09:00AM

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Patrick Sieloff hasn’t had hurdles in his short hockey career, he’s had walls – gigantic walls that have impeded his progression and have left many questioning his future.

The truly disappointing part isn’t what he’s endured the last three years, it’s the fact that he has all the parts to the car, but hasn’t had the time to put it together yet. I know he’s not the shiny new toy anymore, and heading into the upcoming draft he’ll surely fade even farther out of the collective eye, but let’s not give up on a kid who hasn’t given up on himself yet.

Let’s take a look at Patrick Sieloff’s gravelly path and what we can realistically expect from him next season.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
June 19 2015 06:45AM

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Oilers and Flames need help in the pipes, Cam Talbot, Eddie Lack, as many as 8 teams interested in Phil Kessel, top 5 trade destinations for Dion Phaneuf, McDavid, Kassian, Hudler, NHL buyout options, a great scrap, free agency, draft profiles and more in this week's Roundup

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