June 30 2013 04:28PM
In their third trip to the podium in the first round, the Flames went back to their list and grabbed a hometown boy, in the form of Morgan Klimchuk of the Regina Pats.
The Flames are obviously familiar with Klimchuk, having seen the Pats play in the Dome quite a bit. After the fan (and media) confusion regarding passing on Hunter Shinkaruk at 22nd overall in favour of Emile Poirier, Klimchuk is a completely logical choice. A Calgary prospect, Klimchuk has put up strong offensive numbers for the Pats over the last two seasons – 113 points in 144 games, including being just over a point-per-game this season for the struggling club.
June 30 2013 03:39PM
Although consensus top-10 offensive talent (and Calgary born) Hunter Shinkaruk was still on the board when the Flames took the podium, the Flames instead chose to be the first team to go well off-board in the first round by choosing QMJHL left winger Emile Poirier.
June 30 2013 02:09PM
Amidst a tumultuous first round of the NHL Draft, the Calgary Flames brought a rare glimpse of sanity and stability when they chose Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67s sixth overall – possibly the only pick accurately guessed by mock drafts and prognosticators.
June 30 2013 12:29PM
It's been asserted by more than a few people that today is "The Most Important Day In Calgary Flames History", which, by the way, isn't true, but is one of those fork in the road moments for the organization, and need not be taken lighlty.
Flames fans, rightfully so, are TERRIFIED about the developments about to unfold today. Many of them are looking at their watch and wondering if it's too early to hit the sauce. For the record, I'm writing this now because it's too early for the liquor store to be open.
In an effort to kill time and to agitate an entire fanbase, I thought I'd take a minute to offer a little bit of a Draft Primer that touches on the picks held and some of the rumours surrounding the Flaming C.
June 30 2013 11:56AM
For the tenth straight draft, the Calgary Flames won't have their own second round pick. However, with all the ballyhoo about how deep this draft is, even after the first round, some onlookers (myself included) are thinking that Jay Feaster and his staff may try to wheel and deal one of their roster players or later first round picks in order to get more picks between 30 and 60.
Is this a feasible plan? And which teams are likely to take the bait, so to speak?