The Calgary Flames get a day off in sunny Florida today after a pretty solid 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals. They are now inexplicably four games over .500 with an 8-4-2 record, and points-wise they’re eight games ahead of where they were this time last year.
Granted, the team’s performance is still driven by hot goaltending and timely goals – not possession play – so it’s almost definitely not sustainable.
But, the team’s performances of late have highlighted how much the team’s drafting has turned around lately, with three of the four goals scored against Washington being scored by players that the Flames have drafted and developed – and six different draftees in the line-up against the Capitals last night.
Here’s a quick off-day glance at how many NHL games the Flames have wrung out of the NHL Draft, even including games played with other teams.
- 2005 Draft: 68 games [Matt Pelech, Matt Keetley, Brett Sutter]
- 2006 Draft: 13 games [Leland Irving]
- 2007 Draft: 396 games [Mikael Backlund, John Negrin, Keith Aulie]
- 2008 Draft: 346 games [Greg Nemisz, Lance Bouma, T.J. Brodie]
- 2009 Draft: 70 games [Tim Erixon, Joni Ortio]
- 2010 Draft: 26 games [Max Reinhart, Bill Arnold, Michael Ferland, Patrick Holland]
- 2011 Draft: 88 games [Sven Baertschi, Markus Granlund, Tyler Wotherspoon, Johnny Gaudreau]
- 2012 Draft: 0 games
- 2013 Draft: 88 games [Sean Monahan]
So many bad, bad, bad drafts here.
Which draft do you feel is the best? The worst? And which guys do you think will play the most games in the near-future from recent drafts?