June 24 2016 10:52PM
According to Brad Treliving, Matthew Tkachuk and Brian Elliott have something crucial in common: character.
"I like the players we added today," Treliving said, following a productive first round of the draft. "I like the makeup, the DNA of them, too. Those kind of guys help you win, and I think that's important."
It's safe to say the Flames had a very good day.
June 24 2016 08:34PM
He didn't go first overall - he went sixth. But it's possible Matthew Tkachuk was the happiest draftee of them all when the Calgary Flames called his name. He simply could not stop gushing about how excited he was to be a Flame - and it didn't sound quite like the things you'd expect a draft pick to say.
"I have 80, 100 friends and family here that are so excited for me because deep down they know how much I loved Calgary, and how good of a fit it is," Tkachuk said. He then added: "They're smart hockey people so they know what's good and what's not so good, and they know Calgary is the spot to be."
High, high praise for his new team.
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?