Flames will have the 6th, 35th, 53rd, and 55th picks in the 2016 NHL Draft

With the Dallas Stars’ loss, every single division winner from the 2015-16 regular NHL season has been eliminated before the third round. Also, in a more pressing (and sad) matter, the Flames will not get Dallas’ first round pick for Kris Russell.

The final haul for the Russell trade: Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock, and a second. It’s a really respectable deal – honestly, it’s probably still better than the Flames should have gotten – but that tease of an extra first rounder really was something while it lasted.

Alas. The Stars, and especially their goaltending, decided not to show up, and the Flames are stuck with their own non-lottery first round pick, plus three second rounders: sixth, 35th, 53rd, and 55th overall*. Devastating.

On the bright side: we thought the Flames’ goaltending was bad? Well, it was, but at least Calgary gets a clean slate; Dallas still has Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi signed for a combined $10.4 million cap hit for the next two seasons. Yikes.

Assuming Brad Treliving doesn’t make any trades – and especially considering the way the 2015 draft went, that’s a very big assumption – the Flames will have four picks in the top 60. Counting their own third and fourth rounders, they’ll have six picks in the top 100, which is hardly a bad spot to be in (even if a little more quality would have been nice).

* Pending Conner Bleackley signing with the Arizona Coyotes, the Flames will have the sixth, 35th, 53rd, 55th, 65th, 95th, 125th, 155th, 165th, and 185th picks of the draft. All those spots starting from 53rd overall will bump back a spot if Bleackley does not sign, as the Coyotes will receive a compensatory pick at 53rd overall.

Let’s just take a glance at the first two rounds for now, though. It gets extra crap-shooty the further into the draft we go. So just for fun, here’s who Craig Button had going in those top four positions for the Flames, via his March rankings:

6. LW/RW Alexander Nylander

35. LW Max Jones (Okay, this one probably isn’t happening.)

53. D James Greenway

55. G Filip Gustavsson

For your perusal, here’s the final NHL Central Scouting draft rankings for the 2016 draft. Feel free to mix and match the lists and see who you can come up with in those spots in the comments, or who you might like the Flames to (realistically) target! We’ll have draft profiles coming your way soon.

  • KACaribou

    Tough loss for the Stars, and of course Flames fans. But at least we knew it wasn’t to be early, rather than getting our hopes dashed at the last moment.

    Still lots of picks, prospects and hopes for the Flaming C.

  • freethe flames

    Nothing against Button’s list but his work as the Flames GM does not inspire me to like it.

    Here are some options:
    6th: If it’s Nylander at this spot don’t be surprised if the Flames select one of the defenders or as others have suggested big Logan Brown.

    35th: NATHAN BASTIAN 6’4 207 RW R, TAYLOR RADDYSH 6’2 202 RW R

    53 & 55th: Someone from this list: Will Bitten 5’10 167 C R, Cam Morrison 6’2 200 LW L, Trent Frederick 6’3 203 C L, Vlad Kuznetsov 6’2 RW L, Joe Anderson 5’11 190 RW R, Wade Allison 6’2 205 RW R, Henrik Borgstrom 6’3 176 C L, Luke Green 6’ 190 D L, Ryan Lindgren 6’ 198 D L, Markus Niemelainen 6’4 200 D L, Filip Hronek 6’ 165 D R, Jacob Moverare 6’2 200 D L.

    I’m taking BB and BT at their word that they want to get bigger.

    • freethe flames

      Brown’s name has come up for two major reasons; BB and BT both talking about the need to get bigger(and that he has) and the fact that he has risen significantly in the eye’s of most of the scouting agencies. Although I am not overly excited about Nylander if the Flames took him at 6 I would not be upset but like many here it is hard to ignore what BB and BT are saying.

      I still believe that something will happen at the draft. Also how much might the new coaching staff and style of play will help determine this. I just read the list of names on Flames form 80 and the Kirk Mueller was suggested. Yoe to be interviewed probably while they are in Russia.

      • piscera.infada

        Brown’s name has come up for two major reasons; BB and BT both talking about the need to get bigger(and that he has) and the fact that he has risen significantly in the eye’s of most of the scouting agencies.

        Last year it was Crowse who the Flames “management would take, or move down to take” because Burke is here, and “bigger”. The year before it was “will they actually take the smaller Bennett, or will they move down and take the bigger Nick Ricthie?”.

        Look, the simple fact of it is that you can address size if you really want to–and personally, i’m not sure how sincere I believe management is actually being about that. You don’t address size at number 6 in the draft. Those picks are far too valuable. If the big three, Dubois, and Tkachuk are gone by 6, the Flames will take Nylander or the defenseman they deem to be the best defender in the draft–although personally, I take Nylander all day long (over Tkachuk too), you simply can’t pass up that kind of skill.

        Additionally, both Treliving and Burke have said that contrary to the general consensus “there’s a very clear tier at 6” multiple times. That leads me to believe that trading down is not a real option for them unless they get a sweetheart deal. Even if you do trade down, you likely still don’t pick Brown, because honestly, he’s not that good. He’s big. That’s not a quality to burn a first round pick on because you have captain pugnacity in your organization–Burke’s probably learned this too with the fiasco that was Tyler Biggs.

  • deantheraven

    Classic photo! Average Blues winger skates around a sprawled Russel. Like we didn’t see that too many times before.
    Hopefully Treliving will leverage a pick or two (and an albatross contract!) and either move the Dallas pick up into the top ten or pull another Dougie at this year’s draft.

    • Stan

      You seriously think that all it would take for Treliving to upgrade the Dallas pick into the top ten is another pick or two? While simultaneously getting rid of an albatross contract? Jeebus. I’ll have whatever you’re smoking.

      • deantheraven

        The keyword there Stan is ‘hopefully’. After seeing what he got for Russell and how he got Dougie, I’m not certain it’s outside of the realm of possibility with Treliving. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to suggest that maybe Treliving puts together a package of this year’s first,the Dallas pick and another 2nd (plus maybe another from next year’s draft) might entice Columbus or maybe even Winnipeg to part with theirs this year, and maybe even to take on an overpriced veteran…

        Yeah, it does sound dreamy… Thhhpppp! ‘ere.

        • Stan

          But that isn’t what you suggested. You wanted BT to move the Dallas pick (#55) into the top TEN by leveraging one or two picks AND getting rid of an albatross contract. So, basically to move #55 –> #10. Which means you wouldn’t use our first overall (#6) soooooo…

          The BEST that offer could possibly be is 3 second round picks and Wideman/Stajan/Raymond for a top ten pick? Im sorry, but thats not even being hopeful. NO team is going to give you grade A assets for your spare parts.

  • cjc

    Now it would be really ironic if Calgary traded for Lehtonen or Niemi, who essentially cost us that first round pick. I doubt this will happen, and I hope it won’t, but Calgary needs a goalie and Dallas certainly needs to jettison at least one…

  • EhPierre

    What are everyone’s thoughts on Jimmy Vesey? Had a great college career, won the Hobey Baker this year and is looking to be a free agent in August. I know the Leafs and the Bruins are going to be his two fav teams but I think we may have a chance. Being on the same team as JG and potentially playing on Bennet’s wing has to sound pretty good

  • Christian Roatis

    The FN comment section’s recent fetish with Logan Brown both amuses and troubles me.

    Yeah he’s big and put up above average numbers (on a good team), but taking him over any of Tkachuk, Dubois or Nylander is just absurd. His ceiling is not what you’re looking for a 6th overall.

    • Baalzamon

      His ceiling is not what you’re looking for a 6th overall.

      Or even in the top ten. Brown and Mike McLeod are ridiculously overrated IMO. Without Nylander, I doubt McLeod is even considered a first round talent. Same likely goes for Brown without Christian Fisher (90 points).

      Seriously, I don’t understand what people’s problem with Nylander is. Elite shot, hands, vision, and skating. Only negative is his size, and I mean come on he’s ONE INCH shorter than Tkachuk. He’s the same size Bennett was when he was drafted.

      I’ve been saying this for months, but I take Nylander over Matthew Tkachuk every time.

      • piscera.infada

        Seriously, I don’t understand what people’s problem with Nylander is. Elite shot, hands, vision, and skating

        For anyone who missed that… I’ll repost it here.

      • supra steve

        I have absolutely no problem if the Flames deem Nylander their best player available at #6, and if they decide Chychrun (or whomever) is a better bet, then I’m fine with that too. They are the experts. My personal misgivings with Nylander stem from his bloodlines, his father was a highly skilled underachiever, I’m concerned that the same may be true for this kid. I could be totally wrong.

        • EhPierre

          I really don’t understand what the hype is for bloodlines. Just because his dad was like that doesn’t mean his kid’s gonna be like that as well. Everyone’s different. A perfect example is Max Domi. We all know how his dad was like and yet Max is the complete opposite. Bloodline should have nothing to do when making a decision as to whom to draft

          • supra steve

            Max has more skill, but I think he’s a lot like his dad, I think that he supports my thoughts.

            And everyone is different, that’s true. But my son is more like me than anyone I’ve ever met, though he’s a far more skilled hockey player. He’s also a lot like his mother.

          • EhPierre

            Yes he has more skill but he only has 78 PIM, he’s nothing like his dad. He’s aggressive and tenacious but in a skillful way, not in a gritty “in your face” type of guy.

            Hard work isn’t passed on through genetics.

            “But my son is more like me than anyone I’ve ever met, though he’s a far more skilled hockey player. He’s also a lot like his mother.” Thanks for the quick Grade 2 Biology lesson. I never realized a child contains genes from both his parents.

          • supra steve

            “He’s aggressive and tenacious”, but your point is ‘he’s nothing like” Tie Domi. Well you are wrong.

            “Thanks for the quick Grade 2 Biology lesson. I never realized a child contains genes from both his parents.”

            You took Bio in grade two? You were obviously in the gifted program. It really shows.

      • Christian Roatis

        Perhaps there some concerns on the defensive side of the puck, as with most offensive dynamo teens. Nothing terribly scary although I would still lean Tkachuk.

    • Franko J

      Like yourself, since Calgary will be hard pressed to trade for one of the big three in the draft, I think the focus should continue to be supplimenting and stocking the RW position with the remainder of the picks.

      I like the choice of Day. — somewhat related to Kylington, whereby both deemed top 10 talent and for some reason the scouts pick holes in their respective games because of their predetermined hype.

      Like every year I still maintain no matter where a player is drafted, it is all about the way an organization can develop him. As well, the willingness for the player to take the next step to the NHL.