Flames Picks Round 5-7



Ryan Culkin, D – 124th overall

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Culkin is a defender from the Quebec Ramparts of QMJHL. He’s the third defenseman picked by the Flames in this draft, making Jankowski the only forward chosen in the top-125 by Calgary. Culkin is a 6’1", 175 pound blueliner who scored 6 goals and 25 points in 60 games. Like many other Flames picks in this draft, he’s described as a player with good hockey sense. Boucher scouting has an in-depth one game scout report and even summary on Culkin here.

 Coda Gordon, LW – 165 overall

Flames go back to their WHL roots with the Gordon pick. A winger with the Swift Current Broncos, Gordon scored 30 goals and 53 points in 66 games, good for second on the team. He’s described as a forward who has a great shot and good physical play, but below average skating.

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Matthew Deblouw, C – 186 overall

The Flames rounded things out with a 6′, 185 pound center out of the UHSL, Deblouw put up 11 goals and 34 points for Muskegan. He was the 51st ranked NA skater by Central scouting at the end of the year.

Thus concludes the Flames 2012 entry draft. Calgary went heavy on defenders and players from Quebec and United States leagues/development systems, which is a big departure from previous habits under the former regime. Jankowski was the Flames lone high reward type choice in this draft, while the rest of the choices were defensible, but far more middle of the road.

It’s apparent the Flames think there is some value in scouting Quebec and relatively minor feeder leagues like the USHL right now. We’ll see if their intuition proves correct. 

  • Stockley

    Underwhelming is the only word I can really think of right now. My opinion on most of the guys selected ranges from lukewarm to indifferent. Just seemed like there were better players available at every selection. I know the scouting staff is paid for their expertise and should have some idea what they’re doing; but the same could be said for a lot of other scouting services, websites, bloggers, etc. Every choice made seemed to be at least a little off-the-wall.

  • RexLibris

    Don’t sleep on the USHL as a developmental league. If you include kids committed to play there next year, and grads who have been selected out of college they numbers show a league that probably has more fingerprints on players than any other in the world.

    While the 1st round always skews towards the CHL, it would be interesting to see the total numbers from the whole draft keeping in mind the previous paragraph.

    Other bonus of the league is that it moves players along rather quickly, whereas the AHL keep players at the same level of play for 3-4 years with regularity. Also, I’m under the impression a USHL product can play in the AHL at 19, while CHL players have to wait until they’re 20 (which is why Canucks F Niklas Jensen is heading back to Europe this season to further his development as a 19-year-old).