It was June 29th, the eve of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. I was sitting comfortably on my couch, watching the always excellent TSN panel preview the draft and discuss potential trades that were brewing then.
Whoa whoa whoa, back up the bus. The Flames? The
So, using the power of Twitter, the Internet and the very limited sources I had, I dug around for anything I could find regarding the Flames and
The talks and rumours were white hot for the extent of the draft but nothing materialized – some speculating due to Flames ownership not allowing the trigger to be pulled. Nonetheless, a little time later the speculation heated up again (sad Note: I decided to write up a piece about Seguin and Calgary at that point – it was a good 2000 words – but woke up the morning after writing it to news of Seguin being shipped to Dallas and my piece becoming ineligible and irrelevant. I was pretty mad at the two organizations for total disregard of my feelings but whatever, I’m over it).
However, Seguin’s eventual deal to Dallas left many of us in Calgary wondering: what if the Flames had moved in on the rumoured deal and traded the 6th overall pick (Sean Monahan), John Gaudreau and a roster player – let’s use Lee Stempniak just for arguments sake – in exchange for Seguin? That would have been quite the hefty package (even without the knowledge of Monahan and Gaudreau’s starts to the 13/14 season) going to
He’s shown at times an ability to dominate using his speed and skill and if he can add some muscle to his 6’1”, 182 pound frame – he’d be able to add physicality to his extensive list of attributes.
Not only do
Even with the restrained circumstances, he has still been able to impress and flash his impeccable potential and ability. Imagine if he got a real opportunity, I’m talking top line, first unit power play minutes like he’d get with the Flames. Outright scary. The potential for dominance is definitely there and all it could take is an opportunity to see it realized. That for two questions marks and a replaceable NHLer? Looks pretty good to me.
But now, my opinion has shifted more towards the "no, he’s not" side of the spectrum.
While he has had flashes of dominance – specifically that one night in the Dome where he chewed up the Flames for four goals, he hasn’t been consistently dominant in
The package that would’ve been given up is looking even heavier now than it did then. Sean Monahan – the fruit of the 6th overall pick – looks like he just started his third or fourth NHL season rather than his rookie campaign with his mature and impressive play. Johnny Gaudreau is torching the NCAA even more than he did last year and the roster player, arbitrarily assuming it was going to be Lee Stempniak, has been one of the very best forwards to the club to this point. Furthermore, Sean Monahan’s early impression seems to indicate a ceiling similar to that of
You can’t properly evaluate this potential deal at the moment because, for one it didn’t actually happen and things would play differently with Seguin in Calgary than in Dallas, plus everyone involved still has tons of hockey to play and in the end it’s the hockey they play that determines how the value shakes down.
I would conclude that it’s a good thing for the Flames that this deal fell through, because although Tyler Seguin makes them a better team now, losing Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau would be a big hit to their future. Both posses immense potential and will arrive at their peak when this team is presumably out of the rebuild and onto competitive hockey, meaning their chances to succeed will be higher than that of Seguin right now, with this current line up.
This "what if" question is definitely tons of fun to play around with – although it’s completely useless and meaningless because
Would you have pulled the trigger on a 6th overall pick, Gaudreau and roster player for