June 24 2016 06:15PM
Brad Treliving stated that he would not leave the first round without a goalie. He fulfilled that promise. Mere minutes after drafting Matthew Tkachuk, the Flames have solved their biggest offseason need by acquiring St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott. In return, the Flames give up the 35th overall pick and a conditional 2018 third round pick.
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 12:00PM
The big day is here and there's lots to talk about. Goalie trade rumours! Move up! Move down! Sixth overall! Nylander, Dubois, Puljujarvi, oh my! As of this writing, the Flames still had all of their top 60 picks and were still picking sixth overall. There's talk of a Ben Bishop pursuit, P.K. Subban being available and all sorts of wackiness.
Of course, the days leading up to every entry draft are replete with big talk and misinformation. A lot of time it turns out to be smoke. Every so often, though, a big name or two trades hands. Treliving pulled of Dougie Hamilton at this time last year... maybe he can do it again?