After enduring a 2015-16 season where the hockey gods rarely smiled upon them, the Calgary Flames hoped to beat the odds and win one of the three NHL Draft lotteries. They did not. While they didn’t get bumped all the way down to 8th overall, they’ll draft in the spot they were most likely to draft: 6th overall (which they had a 35.5% chance of getting).
The lottery draws were won by Toronto (1st overall), Winnipeg (2nd overall) and Columbus (3rd overall).
It will be the fourth time in Flames franchise history that they’ll hit the podium at the NHL Draft at sixth overall.
- 1992: Cory Stillman
- 1997: Daniel Tkaczuk
- 1998: Rico Fata
- 2013: Sean Monahan
Prior to the lottery drawing, the Flames were slated to draft 5th overall. The picks outside of the first round are not impacted by the lottery drawing, so the Flames will have the following picks at their disposal:
- 1st round, 6th overall
- 2nd round, 35th overall
- 2nd round, TBD (Florida’s pick)
- 2nd round, TBD (Dallas’ pick; could become a late 1st round pick if Dallas wins their current playoff series)
- 3rd round, 65th overall
- 4th round, 95th overall
- 5th round, 125th overall
- 6th round, 155th overall
- 6th round, 165th overall (Minnesota’s pick)
- 7th round, 185th overall
Note: If Arizona prospect Connor Bleackley doesn’t sign with the Coyotes by June 1, they’ll receive a compensatory pick at 51st overall and the rest of the picks will shift back by one spot.
LET THE WILD DRAFT SPECULATION BEGIN~!!