FN Weekend Open Thread – What Should the Flames Do To Move Into the Top-4?



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There’s no question that at 6th overall a pretty good player is going to available when the Flames approach the podium in June. We can’t know the team’s draft board, but at 6th at least one of Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan, Valery Nichushkin, Darnell Nurse or Hunter Shinkaruk will be around. 

Those are fine options. Nuchushkin and Lindholm are in the conversation with guys like Drouin and Barkov on some draft boards, for instance.

That said, there’s a clear upper tier in this draft class where one is more or less guaranteed a future high-end to elite player: the top four – the aforementioned Jonathan Drouin, Aleksandr Barkov as well as Seth Jones and Nathan MacKinnon.

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As we discussed yesterday, the Flames are flush with assets heading into the draft, ranging from three first round picks to gobs of cap space. In addition, given the team is just now embarking on a rebuild, pretty much any roster player over 24 years old may be up for grabs as well (and probably many of them under that threshold as well).

Which is a long way of saying the Flames have the will and perhaps the wherewithal to move up, assuming price is no object. The teams picking ahead of them are Colorado (1), Florida (2), Tampa Bay (3), Nashville (4) and Carolina (5). The Flames have 6th overall, 21st overall (Blues eliminated last night ) and PIT’s first rounder (25th or higher). They also have some worthwhile roster players (Giordano, Wideman, Hudler, Glencross, Bouwmeester, Kiprusoff, Tanguay) and, if you want to go nuclear, some quality youngsters (Brodie, Backlund, Gaudreau, Gillies). Finally, Calgary can also accept an ugly salary dump if required (Vinny Lecavalier?).

I personally wouldn’t advocate moving any of the Flames high-end guys under 24 to move up a couple places, but they are nevertheless an option. You can bet if the Flames make inquiries those are the names other teams will bring up.

So what would you do to move up to 4th or better?

Sample packages:

Giordano + 6th + 21st?

Brodie + 6th?

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Backlund + 6th + other asset?

Baertschi + 6th?

Gaudreau + 6th + other asset?

6th + 21st + accept Leacavalier’s contract?

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21st+25th-30th+2014 first rounder+Giordano/Glencross/Backlund?

Submit your best offer in the comments.

  • Mabell

    Not sure exactly what Feaster is looking for – but I can’t believe that he would not take the best available player, Flames are not realistically going to be a playoff team for a couple of years and need to compile as many blue chip assets as possible.

    If Nuchushkin falls and is available to the Flames – how do you not take him? He may not be available for two years – but is that really a factor? It’s not like with the new divisions the Flames will be competing for a playoff spot.

    And beyond that there is a reason that Lindholm is ranked above Monahan on almost every draft board…trying to out think everyone may just result in another miss – and even thought I’m no Flames fan – I don;t think they can afford to miss with this pick.

    • Mabell

      Ah but whether the Flames take the BPA or not isn’t really the question now, is it? The question is who they consider the BPA. Last draft proved they’re not afraid to go against consensus (though in this draft, and this close to the top, you have to think they’re not too far away)