June 18 2012 02:26PM
Way, way back in 2009, the Calgary Flames drafted a talented Swedish defender. That defender, Tim Erixon, decided against signing a pro contract with the Flames and prepared to re-enter the 2011 draft. In one of the more impressive feats of his general managerial tenure with Calgary, Jay Feaster swung a deal that garnered three assets (forward Roman Horak and two second round picks, used to take Tyler Wotherspoon and Markus Granlund) for the rights to Tim Erixon and disaster was averted.
June 18 2012 10:30AM
Near the start of the 2011-12 season, Mikhail Grigorenko was considered one of the top two talents in the upcoming draft. In fact, some lists had him as a "1B" prospect next to probable first overall pick Nail Yakupov.
June 18 2012 07:01AM
After the public unveiling of new Calgary Flames assistant coach Martin Gelinas on Thursday afternoon, Flames general manager Jay Feaster held court with local media and fielded questions on the upcoming 2012 NHL Entry Draft. For ease of reading, roving FlamesNation reporter Ryan Pike has distilled a great deal of information from Mr. Feaster into a few handy chunks.
Are the Flames going to pick at 14 or move?
June 17 2012 12:25PM
(Rex continues his look at recent rebuilds and what, if anything, they necessarily say about "models" for clubs looking to burn it all to the ground and start again. Today he takes a close look at the Chicago Blackhawks renaissance. His prior articles on the Penguins and Capitals can be found here and here.)
“DaleTallon hoarded draft picks because Bill Wirtz was too cheap to pay for top-end talent. The team only improved after Wirtz died and Tallon deserves the credit for being the one to trade for all those picks.”
Sound reasonable? I have to admit that I had always credited Tallon with being one of the brighter GMs who identified the draft as the most valuable team-building tool coming out of the lockout season. It would seem that the Blackhawks felt the same way about Tallon’s impact on the team’s championship. Well, as is our allotted task, let’s see if this holds out to be true.
June 17 2012 10:17AM
Less than a week until the draft boys and girls and the anticipation is starting to build. Will the OIlers pick Yakupov, Murray or trade down? Do the Leafs finally convince someone to take Luke Schenn? Will Calgary trade one of their "big three" contracts? Will everyone in the arena boo the Canucks organization again?
These questions (and more) will be answered in Pittsburgh this coming Friday/Saturday. For now, we're left speculating with folks like Jonathan Willis, Brad MacPherson and Kent Wilson.
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