FGD: The 2016 NHL Draft, Round 1 (5pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
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?

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Who will the Flames select in the first round?

Ryan Pike
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.

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FN Mailbag - 2016 Draft Edition

Kent Wilson
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?

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Ryan's 2016 WHL scouting notebook

Ryan Pike
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.

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Should the Flames trade Dougie Hamilton to Edmonton?

Ryan Pike
June 24 2016 09:00AM

It's draft weekend, so rumours are running rampant around the hockey world regarding....well, everyone and everything. Particularly prominent in most rumours are your beloved Calgary Flames.

The Flames are trying to acquire a goalie, and seemingly they're trying to do it by any means necessary.

The Flames have traded with Edmonton twice, ever, and the results of both trades (Steve Staios, Ladislav Smid) were, uh, mixed. So why would the Flames bother with such a transaction? Would it be worth it?

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