FGD: The 2015 NHL Draft, Round 1 (5pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
June 26 2015 09:37AM

Just after 5pm MT tonight, the Edmonton Oilers will select Connor McDavid at 1st overall and the Buffalo Sabres will take Jack Eichel at 2nd overall.

And then all hell will break loose.

Welcome to today's ongoing coverage of the first of two days of the 2015 National Hockey League Draft. Over the next two days, 211 young players will have their dreams come true as they are selected by 30 NHL teams...and dozens more will likely begrudgingly change addresses as the aforementioned teams jockey for position in an extremely deep draft.

So let's give you a brief look at where the Flames stand before all the trades happen and this information becomes out-dated, shall we?

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Lehner Deal Likely Sets Market Price For Cam Talbot

Ryan Pike
June 26 2015 08:12AM

It's Draft Day, and there is an insane amount of trade chatter going on. A great deal of that trade chatter is circulating around the most mysterious and frustrating of positions: goaltender.

With this morning's trade of Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner, the market appears to have been set - and the price is sky-high. The Senators sent Robin Lehner and David Legwand (and his $3 million cap hit this year) to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Buffalo's 21st overall pick in this year's draft.

Great deal for Ottawa, and Buffalo must have really liked Lehner. The deal has already sent ripples out.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
June 26 2015 06:00AM

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New salary cap and it's effect on teams, Mark Giordano's asking price, a fight between two first overall picks, Bieksa, Lucic, Bozak, McDavid and all the draft and trade news you can handle in this week's Roundup.

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Rumour Round-Up: Hiller, Hudler, Frolik, Okposo, Talbot

Ryan Pike
June 25 2015 07:04PM

With the National Hockey League awards out of the way, the 30 general managers are all down in Sunrise, Florida getting prepared for the 2015 NHL Draft. With the salary cap set for 2015-16, teams are now beginning to talk turkey in terms of trades.

And considering the cap space and flexibility the club has, the Calgary Flames are factoring into trade rumours in a pretty significant way.

As you can see, there are a LOT of moving pieces and they fall into two main categories: the crease and the forward ranks.

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Scouting Teams Make Their Names In Later Rounds

Ryan Pike
June 25 2015 03:00PM

Tod Button has been Calgary's head of amateur scouting since late 2001. General managers have come and gone under his watch - if you include interim GMs, he's on his fifth - but Button soldiers on despite Calgary's shaky record in the first round.

An explanation as to why Button is still in the big scouting chair may be gleaned from a look at the later-round picks; general managers tend to be pretty hands-on when it comes to their shiny toys in the first round, but the scouting team typically calls the shots the later into the proceedings you go.

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