Asset Management And The Last 5 Drafts

The National Hockey League’s annual entry draft is a wonderful time of year. It’s a time of hope, of renewal, and one where every team is allocated the same number of picks, with each team having equal opportunities to make hay or absolutely biff it in terms of managing their assets.

With that in mind, let’s prepare for the Calgary Flames’ 2015 Draft by looking at their asset management over the previous five drafts.

THE 2010 DRAFT

This was the final draft under general manager Darryl Sutter. Based on what we’ve seen since and asking around, I’ve gotten the impression that Sutter was largely hands-off and head scout Tod Button ran the show. Why? Because they had no picks in the first two rounds. Because Sutter traded them both.

Calgary’s 1st round pick (13th overall) traded to the Phoenix Coyotes as part of a package for Olli Jokinen

  • Jokinen was eventually flipped to the NY Rangers in a terrible trade that netted the Flames Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins. Higgins walked as a free agent, while the Flames had to give the Sabres a 2nd round pick to take Kotalik’s deal off their hands. (See: the 2011 Draft.) But Jokinen was a reasonably useful player when he was in Calgary.
  • And then the Flames signed Jokinen as a free agent again anyway.

Calgary’s 2nd round pick (43rd overall) traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Rene Bourque

  • Fun fact: As general manager for 8 drafts (2003-2010), Sutter used his team’s own first or second round pick just four times: Dion Phaneuf & Tim Ramholt in 2003, Matt Pelech in 2005 and Leland Irving in 2006. The other 12 first and second rounders were either traded up, traded down or otherwise traded away.
  • Bourque was eventually traded to Montreal as part of a package that netted Calgary the services of Karri Ramo, Mike Cammalleri and a draft pick that turned into Ryan Culkin. Bourque, Ramo and Cammalleri all played a bunch of games with Calgary. Ramo’s a pending unrestricted free agent, while Cammalleri left as a free agent.

Columbus’s 3rd round pick (64th overall) used to select F Max Reinhart

  • Pick was acquired for Anton Stralman.
  • Reinhart has played 23 NHL regular season games with the organization. He’s a pending restricted free agent.

Calgary’s 3rd round pick (73rd overall) used to select D Joey Leach

  • Leach wasn’t signed and re-entered the draft.

Calgary’s 4th round pick (103rd overall) used to select D John Ramage

  • Ramage was signed after college and has played 1 NHL regular season game. He’s a pending restricted free agent.

Nashville’s 4th round pick (108th overall) used to select F Bill Arnold

  • Pick was acquired for Dustin Boyd (Sutter).
  • Arnold has played 1 NHL regular season game with the organization (after signing after college). He’s a pending restricted free agent.

Calgary’s 5th round pick (133rd overall) used to select F Micheal Ferland

  • Ferland signed an entry-level contract and has 26 NHL regular season games under his belt. He’s a pending restricted free agent.

Calgary’s 6th round pick (163rd overall) traded to San Jose Sharks for Henrik Karlsson

  • Karlsson was eventually traded to Chicago for a 7th round pick in 2013 after playing 26 games with Calgary. The 2013 pick was used to take John Gilmour.

Calgary’s 7th round pick (193rd overall) used to select F Patrick Holland

  • Holland was traded to Montreal as part of a package for Karri Ramo, Mike Cammalleri and a draft pick used to select Ryan Culkin.

    THE 2011 DRAFT

    Jay Feaster’s first draft as general manager, after joining the organization following the 2010 Draft as an assistant general manager. He wheeled and dealed a bit, and the result was one of the best drafts in team history.

    Calgary’s 1st round pick (13th overall) used to select F Sven Baertschi

    • Baertschi played 66 games for the Flames before being traded to Vancouver for a 2nd round pick in 2015.

    Calgary’s 2nd round pick (43rd overall) traded to Toronto Maple Leafs as part of a package for Anton Stralman (and Colin Stuart and a 2012 7th round pick).

    • Stralman was traded to Columbus for a pick that turned into Max Reinhart. Stuart left as a free agent. The 2012 pick was used to select Matthew Deblouw.

    NY Rangers’ 2nd round pick (45th overall) used to select F Markus Granlund
    Washington’s 2nd round pick (57th overall) used to select D Tyler Wotherspoon

    • 2009 1st round pick Tim Erixon was going to walk (and Calgary was going to get a compensatory 2nd round pick that would’ve been 53rd overall). The Rangers wanted Erixon, and sent Calgary these two picks (and Roman Horak) in exchange for Erixon and Calgary’s 5th round pick.
    • Horak played 82 games for Calgary before being flipped to Edmonton as part of a package that turned into Ladislav Smid. Wotherspoon has played 15 games and Granlund has played 55 games. Both are still under contract. Arguably the most productive trade Jay Feaster has ever made.

    Calgary’s 3rd round pick (73rd overall) traded to Edmonton Oilers along with Aaron Johnson for Steve Staios

    • Staios played 57 games over two seasons, inspired the “Staios! Is! Available!” meme, and left as a free agent.

    Calgary’s 4th round pick (103rd overall) used to select F Johnny Gaudreau

    • Gaudreau signed after college and is currently an NHL player of some repute, with 80 NHL games under his belt. (And a season left on his entry-level deal.)

    Calgary’s 5th round pick (133rd overall) traded to NY Rangers.

    • See the 2nd round picks for an explanation.

    Calgary’s 6th round pick (163rd overall) used to select G Laurent Brossoit

    • Brossoit was traded to the Oilers (with Horak) for Ladislav Smid (and Olivier Roy)

    Calgary’s 7th round pick (193rd overall) traded to Atlanta for Fredrik Modin

    • Modin barely played, struggled with injuries, and left as a free agent.

    THE 2012 DRAFT

    The second draft for Jay Feaster was rather eventful. He made a couple fairly major trades that impacted his team’s pick placement and asset management.

    Calgary’s 1st round pick (14th overall) traded to Buffalo for Nashville’s 1st and Buffalo’s 2nd round pick
    Nashville’s 1st round pick (21st overall) used to select F Mark Jankowski
    Buffalo’s 2nd round pick (42nd overall) used to select D Patrick Sieloff

    • In a now-infamous move, Feaster traded down to get a 2nd round pick and more kicks at the can. (Calgary had traded their own 2nd rounder at the previous draft and wanted to recoup the asset).
    • Jankowski is still in college. Sieloff is in the second year of his entry-level deal.

    Calgary’s 2nd round pick (44th overall) traded to Buffalo (with Robyn Regehr and Ales Kotalik) for Chris Butler and Paul Byron

    • The previously-mentioned “please take Kotalik’s cap hit!” deal, giving the Sabres a second round pick for their troubles. Butler and Byron both logged several games with Calgary, with Butler leaving as a free agent and Byron still being part of the organization as a pending RFA.

    Calgary’s 3rd round pick (75th overall) used to select G Jon Gillies

    • Signed to an entry-level deal out of college. His deal has two more seasons left on it.

    Calgary’s 4th round pick (105th overall) used to select D Brett Kulak

    • Just finished first season of three-year entry-level deal. Played 1 NHL game so far.

    Montreal’s 5th round pic (124th overall) used to select D Ryan Culkin

    • Just finished first season of three-year entry-level deal.

    Calgary’s 5th round pick (135th overall) traded to New Jersey for Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond

    • Letourneau-Leblond left as a free agent.

    Calgary’s 6th round pick (165th overall) used to select F Coda Gordon

    • Gordon didn’t sign and re-entered the draft.

    Toronto’s 7th round pick (186th overall) used to select F Matthew Deblouw

    • Currently in college. He’ll be a senior next season.

    Calgary’s 7th round pick (195th overall) traded to Washington for Keith Seabrook

    • Seabrook was traded to Florida for Jordan Henry, and Henry was traded to Washington in the Wideman deal.

    THE 2013 DRAFT

    Calgary’s 1st round pick (6th overall) used to select F Sean Monahan

    • Signed with Flames. He has played 156 NHL games so far. Has one season left on entry-level deal.

    St. Louis’ 1st round pick (22nd overall) used to select F Emile Poirier

    • Acquired along with Reto Berra and Mark Cundari in exchange for Jay Bouwmeester.
    • Signed. He has played 6 NHL games so far, and has two years left on his entry-level deal.

    Pittsburgh’s 1st round pick (28th overall) used to select F Morgan Klimchuk

    • Acquired along with Kenny Agostino and Ben Hanowski in exchange for Jarome Iginla.
    • Signed. Three-year entry-level deal begins next season.

    Calgary’s 2nd round pick (36th overall) traded to Montreal in the Cammalleri/Ramo/Culkin deal

    Calgary’s 3rd round pick (67th overall) used to select D Keegan Kanzig

    • Signed. Three-year entry-level deal begins next season.

    Calgary’s 4th round pick (97th overall) traded to Florida for Corban Knight

    • Knight was traded back to Florida in exchange for Drew Shore, who is now a pending RFA.
    • Both Knight (9 games) and Shore (11 games) spent time with Calgary over the past two seasons.

    Calgary’s 5th round pick (127th overall) traded to Washington (with Jordan Henry) in exchange for Dennis Wideman

    Columbus’ 5th round pick (135th overall) used to select D Eric Roy

    • Acquired from Columbus in exchange for Blake Comeau.
    • Roy has until June 1 to sign or he becomes a free agent.

    Calgary’s 6th round pick (157th overall) used to select F Tim Harrison
    Calgary’s 7th round pick (187th overall) used to select D Rushan Rafikov
    Ottawa’s 7th round pick (198th overall) used to select D John Gilmour

    • The Ottawa pick was acquired from Chicago in a trade for Henrik Karlsson.
    • Harrison (college), Rafikov (Europe) and Gilmour (college) have not signed yet, but Flames retain their rights until (a) they leave school or (b) four years for Rafikov.

    THE 2014 DRAFT

    The first entry draft for new general manager Brad Treliving.

    Calgary’s 1st round pick (4th overall) used to select F Sam Bennett

    • Signed, and played 1 regular season game for Calgary so far. He has two seasons remaining on his entry-level deal.

    Calgary’s 2nd round pick (34th overall) used to select G Mason McDonald

    • Junior player. The Flames have until June 1, 2016 to sign.

    Colorado’s 2nd round pick (54th overall) used to select F Hunter Smith

    • Junior player. The Flames have until June 1, 2016 to sign.

    Calgary’s 3rd round pick (64th overall) used to select D Brandon Hickey

    • College player. The Flames retain rights until he leaves school.

    Calgary’s 4th round pick (94th overall) traded to Toronto for Joe Colborne
    Calgary’s 5th round pick (124th overall) traded to St. Louis for Kris Russell
    Calgary’s 6th round pick (154th overall) traded to Dallas for Lane MacDermid

    • Colborne (144) and Russell (147) played many NHL games for Calgary. MacDermid played 1, then was sent back to the AHL, and then retired. As Meat Loaf once said, “two outta three ain’t bad.” Pretty solid asset management.

    Anaheim’s 6th round pick (175th overall) used to select D Adam Ollas Mattsson

    • Flames acquired this pick in exchange for Tim Jackman.
    • He’s a European player, so the Flames retain rights for up to four seasons.

    Calgary’s 7th round pick (184th overall) used to select F Austin Carroll

    • Signed to a three-year entry-level deal that begins next season.
    • Parallex

      “Pick was acquired for Anton Stralman”

      Man, did that trade ever piss me off at the time (it infuriates me now). Stralman easily beat out both Pardy and Staffen Kronwall in camp… but by virtue of not being 6’4 Sutter just shoved him aside.

      • mattyc

        Yeah. You’d like to say that benefit of hindsight etc. but it was pretty clearly a mistake at the time (although I’m not sure I saw him being this good).

        The other thing that bugs me here is the number of lower picks traded for plugs. Lane McDermid, PL3, Modin. Just wasted picks.

      • piscera.infada

        Can you just imagine the all-time in-hindsight future breakouts Flames team? Marty St. Louis, Craig Anderson, Stralman, Marc Savard. FWIW there wasn’t a whole lot of that in the Sutter era.

        Maybe if Ryan Howse had shown the commitment fellow prospect Ferland did, he might have been a beast for us.

        I hate the Oilers, and I’m pretty high on Ortio/Gillies/MacDonald, but Laurent Brossoit looks like a stud too and we just gave him away for a possession black hole Dman who we now discover is damaged goods.

        Kucherov was probably high on “the list” in 2011 but we gamble on the russian factor and Tampa takes him. (Granlund’s good, but he ain’t no Kucherov).

        Now Jankowski might bail on us after his senior year and become the next Getzlaf for some vulture team like Buffalo, New York or Chicago.

        Byron’s probably next. Betcha he somehow discovers he has the hands of Tyler Johnson after he leaves us!

        At least Erixon and Baertschi look to be tracking as busts! Whoo! I am stoked we drafted these soft euros in the first round and then cashed in on them with a better soft Euro, another big Dman having just as tough a time breaking into the league, and a TBD draft pick!

        ..sorry, I have no idea why I went on that tangent. I just imagined Stralman shoring up our top 4 is all.

    • Parallex

      Pretty sure Poirier is going into year one of his three year ELC next year. Despite playing in the AHL his second year also slid due to his convenient birth date VS the CBA. Hard to believe I know, but it’s true. He didn’t hit the 10 NHL games required to burn a year.

    • mattyc

      I look back & yes hindsight looks so much more insightful, but that 14th overall pick Feaster traded turned out to be Girgensen, pretty nice looking player in Buffalo. Then look what was picked prior to Jankowski:

      -Ceci Would have been a pretty nice defender to have coming into our group of blue liners

      -Wilson Mana big truculent RW who sure would have come handy against Anaheim

      -Hertl Not a bad player & top 6 forward in San Jose

      -Tervanien This one pissed me off & was hoping he would still be there when we were picking at 21

      -Vasilevskiy Backing up Bishop & a solid goalie prospect, a little early for Flames to be taking a goalie prospect anyway

      -Laughton A top prospect for Philly, NHL ready now compared to how NHL ready Janko is, I wish we had Laughton in the pipe

      Besides Maata, not too much after our pick has amounted to very much. I used to console myself that Seiloff will mitigate the trade down damages. Feaster has had some decent trades but this one was horrible. I hope the lesson is hard core engraved that you do not trade down unless you get a real nice diamond coming back, & an extra 2nd doesn’t cut it in this league anymore.

      • Parallex

        I don’t think you’ve ever watched Mark Jankowski play. Kid’s a total stud defensively, and offensively he has the natural talent you see in guys like Getzlaf and Kopitar that can be equal parts mesmerizing and equal parts frustrating because like those players he can be too happy just feeding his teammates when he himself has a very good snap shot. At 195 lbs as a 20 year old he was the second most dominant player in the NCAA tourney, among 23-24 year old men. Only guy who was better was Jack Eichel himself, and Jankowski checked him to perfection in the championship game.

        • redhot1

          You realize I am not hoping he fails, in fact, how sweet would it be that Hunter Smith & Janko play big roles in shutting down McDavid when we play the Oilers. Hope you are right, but you are the first to use stud as an adjective when describing his development. So I will gladly eat crow & dirt if Im proven wrong.

          • SmellOfVictory

            That’s good to hear, though Hunter Smith is a much bigger project to make the NHL.

            The thing about Jankowski is he loves to set his teammates up, and his teammates were simply not very good. On a team with three centers, one that was a 24 year old senior and another was a 22-year old defensive player of the conference winner so Jankowski found himself on the third line playing third line minutes with college-aged third liners… despite probably being an NHL 2nd liner already. But even then Providence’s coach has said Jankowski is the team’s best overall forward and their go-to guy in every truly tough faceoff, every power play, or even late in games with a lead it’s Jankowski who’s effectively playing defenseman out there clearing bodies and pucks in front of the net. His stats are nothing short of misleading, he’s an NHLer in every sense except he needs to put on another 20lbs of muscle. Remember, he’s only Monahan’s age and he was drafted as a scrawny 6’3 / 168 or so now he’s 6’4 / 195 and his final playing weight will be 215-220.

        • clib542

          You are correct most of us have not seen Janko play that often. How many times have you seen him? If he turns out to be a 6’5″ Joel Otto type who can handle the other teams big centers and win face offs I would be extremely pleased.

      • clib542

        Think there really is only 3 draft picks (from the Sutter era) to become NHLers .. Brandon Gormley from the Jokinen trade, Vlasic from the Kipper trade and Booth from the Marcus Nilson trade

    • Avalain

      “Fun fact: As general manager for 8 drafts (2003-2010), Sutter used his team’s own first or second round pick just four times”

      To be completely fair, not a lot came out of those picks. Lauri Korpikoski, David Booth, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Codey Burki, Ian Cole (but we picked up Backlund), Trevor Cann, Jake Gardiner, Jacob Josefson (and we got Erixon), Stefan Elliott, Brandon Gormley, and Bradley Ross.

      I mean, there are some ok picks there, but we can’t exactly say that we missed on Stastny because he was picked 9 spots after our round 2 pick in 2005.

      • Greg

        I was pretty sure Saad got picked with a 2nd rounder we traded too, no? All in all, that’s a lot of quality and depth to give up and is unquestionably why the flames ended up missing the playoffs for half a decade.

        Would have been worth it if we’d won something worthadamn out of that, but we traded all that away and still ended up with no elite players (outside of Jarome) and no depth (except maybe on D).

        Here’s hoping all that mismanagement shenanigans is a thing of the past #engelland

    • Christian Roatis

      1. McDavid OHL MVP.

      2. Nurse Best OHL Dman.

      3. Draisaitl WHL MVP.

      4. Chiarelli POHO & GM.

      5. Todd Mcl Wins Gold Hall and ebs 2 & 3 in scoring.

      6. Todd Mcl HeadCoach of Edm.

      zomgwftbbq

    • Christian Roatis

      @okg

      “Now Jankowski might bail on us after his senior year and become the next Getzlaf for some vulture team like Buffalo, New York or Chicago.”

      What makes you say this?

    • SmellOfVictory

      One caveat to Jokinen: although he was a “relatively useful player” in Calgary (infuriating to watch as he skated in large circles and flubbed every pass known to man, with he and Iginla having the chemistry of an argon/helium mixture), he was a 3 million dollar player making 5.5 million dollars, which sucked. It sucked a lot. It rendered Cammalleri unsignable.

    • The Last Big Bear

      Ever know a loser high-school dropout type, who just attended one of these pyramid scheme “business seminars”, and is suddenly popping off about how he’s about to make soooo much more money than you?

      But this is totally different from the last time he was going to make loads of money, an episode which he’s conveniently completely forgotten. Just like the time before that.

      Yeah, hey Oilers fans, that’s you.

      Bragging is what you do *after* a thing happens. Trying to bask in the imaginary glory of something that hasn’t happened is not bragging, it’s just delusional.

    • maimster

      Henrik Karlsson – you must have made this name up, I have absolutely no recollection of him.

      Calgary’s 5th round pick (127th overall) traded to Washington (with Jordan Henry) in exchange for Dennis Wideman – wasn’t this more of a trade for exclusive right to sign Wideman before he became a free agent?

    • SoCalFlamesFan

      If Lambert thinks Jankowski is a bust he MUST be the next superstar. If he is the only other source for updates then the results need to be reconsidered. Lambert is batting 0.

    • Franko J

      Great summary on the Flames current drafting process. What I find interesting is the success the team has with lower round selections and potential prospects from their draft picks.

      I do hope Jankowski does sign with the Flames. Like Ferland, Brodie, and even Bouma sometimes it takes a prospect time to develop at their own pace.

      Like any draft pick there should be patience involved and as an organization have to trust their scouts and player development. Only in the past 5 years the organization has slowly started to build the team through the draft. Before Feaster came on board as indicated in the article the organization wasted the opportunity for long term success through short term gains.

      Even though the team had a remarkably, entertaining season, I still feel there is more work to do in order for the team to take it to the next level and progress. After Sutter was replaced the organization started to make a concentrated effort in drafting and developing prospects.

      For the longest time the team had two cornerstone pieces which by not drafting wisely and smartly really hampered the team the ability to being a Stanley Cup contender. With the upcoming draft being very deep with prospects there is prime opportunity for the organization to further stock the cupboards. As I look at the four teams remaining in the playoffs there is proof and strong evidence to show building through the draft is the best way to garner long term success.

      • piscera.infada

        As the CBA reads, yes. Because Janko was a first round selection, if he opts to become an unrestricted free agent, the Flames will be compensated with a second-round pick, at the original numerical value corresponding to where they were picked in the first round. Thus, the Flames would receive the 51st overall selection in 2017 (he wouldn’t be able to opt for UFA until August, I believe of 2016). However, in that event, I would imagine the Flames try to recoup something better than 51st overall in a trade with another team–although that seems unlikely.

        That said, I think Jankowski signs here. With the hyperbole about where he was drafted only growing over the last three years, I doubt there’s a great deal of leverage in his camp. One good season could change all that, but I still believe the Flames sign him–they’re the ones who made the commitment. Unless he’s traded outright (for some sort of stupid return), the pragmatic move for the organization is to just go down with the ship.

    • Willi P

      Please stop drinking the kool-aid.

      IMO, Janko isn’t even good enough for the A, but I concede he could one day conceivably make the NHL at which time I will admit I was dead wrong.

      However, already a 2nd line centre? Zuh?!

    • TheoForever

      Considering that Janko is 20 years old, to write him off at this point is insane. Kind of like when Flames gave up on Marty St.Louis. Hope Flames management has more brains than that.