May 13 2013 04:16PM
One of the more prominent new faces on the list (and in the Flames organization) is Yale University forward Kenny Agostino. If he sounds familiar, he's one of three assets that Calgary acquired for Jarome Iginla in March, as well as a newly-minted NCAA National Champion.
May 13 2013 09:08AM
As you can see from the weekend open thread, the possibility of the Flames trading down into the top-5 is a bit contentious. It's hard to say how high the price might be to make the move, but my assumption is it won't be cheap - the top tier in this draft class seems to be clearly demarcated in most scouting circles, so it's going to take an extraordinary package or sacrifice to make the move from 6 to 4 or higher.
May 11 2013 10:14AM
There's no question that at 6th overall a pretty good player is going to available when the Flames approach the podium in June. We can't know the team's draft board, but at 6th at least one of Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan, Valery Nichushkin, Darnell Nurse or Hunter Shinkaruk will be around.
Those are fine options. Nuchushkin and Lindholm are in the conversation with guys like Drouin and Barkov on some draft boards, for instance.
That said, there's a clear upper tier in this draft class where one is more or less guaranteed a future high-end to elite player: the top four - the aforementioned Jonathan Drouin, Aleksandr Barkov as well as Seth Jones and Nathan MacKinnon.
May 10 2013 11:54AM
The last time we did this, Michael Ferland was coming off a career season with the Brandon Wheat Kings and was one of the top scorers in the Western Hockey league. As a result, he was ranked as the Flames 7th best prospect by FN at the time.
May 10 2013 09:14AM
Following the completion of the season, Flames general manager Jay Feaster (and several players) expressed that their team is in a decent good place going forward.
They're not entirely wrong. While the team on the ice is what it is – there are a lot of holes – but the club does have a bounty of resources at their disposal heading into the summer. A look at how the Flames sit compared to their counterparts in three areas can give a glimpse as to how the club sits, and who may be ideal trade partners going forward.