…And are in line to draft 6th overall in the draft, absent an lottery enduced changes. Calgary has an 6.2% chance to win the lottery and pick first overall. It’s also possible someone back in the order wins the thing, which would bump the Flames to 7th.
The Flames franchise has never picked in the top-5 in the NHL draft and there’s a 94% chance that won’t happen this June, despite the club’s best efforts to finish as low as possible. The only other time the organization has picked as high as 6th, they chose Rico Fata and Daniel Tkaczuk.
*a chill wind blows across Calgary*
Sixth also means the Flames are likely out of range for any of the top tier talents (MacKinnon, Jones, Drouin, Barkov) although it would only take one or two non-consensus picks by teams before them for one of those guys to drop within range. For now, though, it seems the team will have to content itself with some of the other admittedly strong talents in the projected top-10.
We’ll have much more detail on this in the off-season. For now, speculate and discuss.