Flames pick Stepan Falkovsky at #186

He’s the jumping guy

With their final pick in the draft (as of this writing), the Flames have selected Stepan Falkovsky, a left handed defenceman, from the Ottawa 67’s at #186.

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Falkovsky is a coke machine with a scoring touch, the 6’7″, 225 behemoth put up 32 points in 58 games. The Belorussian product is an overager (old at that- 1996 birthday), but this is his first season in North America after a few seasons in the Belorussian league. He appeared for Belarus at the World Juniors this year, putting up two points in six games.

Scouts say he has the potential to be a strong two way defenceman at the NHL level. He is a smooth skater despite his size and possess a powerful shot, but has to work on his decision making to bring together his game in all three zones.

We have some analysis and wrap-up coming by in the next few hours, so make sure you stick around for a little bit.

  • Hubcap1

    Well that was fun. All in all we got what we wanted a potential top winger and a goalie for the present.

    As for the rest of the picks 3,4 or 5 years will tell. I do find it a little weird reading the comments here where everyone cheers when a little guy gets picked with limited chance of making it, and they complain when a big guy gets picked that has as much a chance as the little guy. Some of you guys are a little funny that way. Small size obsessed.

    • FlamesFan1489

      I agree. You have to have a balance. Can’t win with nothing but little guys or nothing but big guys. I’d say so far the only disappoint may be Dube over Raddysh, but I trust the scouts versus what little knowledge I get from scouting sites.

      Goaltending is such voodoo but you still need to take shots at it, so I’m good with our 2nd round selection. By the time he is ready to step to the AHL, we should have a good idea about McDonald and Gillies. Remember, both of these goalies played for their country in the u20 world juniors, that’s a pretty impressive feat, and having two of them is something pretty rare for a team to have.

      • everton fc

        I liked Abramov and Pu over Dube, but if Dube can centre Bennett someday, we might have poached a good one:

        “Dillon Dube is an undersized centre who plays bigger than what his listed height says, getting involved in the fore-check and battling for space in front of the net. He is not afraid to take on bigger opponents, and plays with a non-stop motor. After the whistle, he can be found in the middle of scrums, often working to agitate opponents and get them off their game. Dube isn’t afraid to go to the net, and to battle in the dirty areas of the ice; fighting for pucks in the corners or battling in the front of the net. He is also willing to drive the net both with and without the puck.Offensively, Dube has the instincts, vision, and passing skill to be a playmaker.”
        – Ben Kerr, Last Word on Sports

  • Greg

    It almost seems like a script now… a big splash in the 1st, a goalie in the 2nd round, a smallish high-offensive long shot in the 6th, and a fridge in the 7th.

  • Slowmo

    Wow Dube sounds a heck of a lot like our very own Theo Fleury this should be fun to watch. If he is anything like Fleury then we got the steal of the century for sure. He might even have a bit of Mangs skill as well to cool.

    • Baalzamon

      Those would have both been purposeless trades. Why acquire Holden when you could re-sign Nakladal without giving up an asset? As for Rychel… why do people want him?