Flames select Tyler Parsons at 54th overall

After a bit of waiting, the Calgary Flames have made their second selection of the 2016 NHL Draft. At 54th overall, with the pick obtained from trading Jiri Hudler to the Florida Panthers, they have selected goaltender Tyler Parsons of the London Knights.

Ranked 3rd among North American goalies by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service and 68th by Future Considerations, Parsons back-stopped the Knights to Ontario Hockey League and Memorial Cup championships in his second season in the OHL. He played 49 games for the Knights and posted a really impressive .921 save percentage on a high-end club, following that up with a .925 mark in the OHL post-season. The Knights may have given him some goal support, but Parsons still had to make some saves along the way. Future Considerations projects him as a starting NHL goaltender in their Draft Guide.

It’s the second time in three seasons that the Flames have used a second round pick on a goaltender, the last being Mason McDonald in 2014, and Parsons is the second London Knight taken by the Flames in the 2016 Draft. They selected two Barrie Colts in last year’s draft – Andrew Mangiapane and Rasmus Andersson – and that’s turned out well so far.

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The lesson? Maybe they just think their OHL scouts know their stuff.

It may be a bit early for a goaltender for our tastes, but Parsons definitely has earned his reputation as a top-end junior goalie during his time with the Knights.

  • Franko J

    Not the right choice Flames.
    Bad pick

    I guess with Hart off the board they went with the goalie they thought best suited their need.
    I wonder if the Flames going to sign Macdonald before next year’s draft?

  • The GREAT Walter White

    BB did tell me he always wastes an early pick on a goalie who will never play in the NHL.

    A couple of positives:

    -At least it was a late second round pick….

    -At least we don’t have to throw away an early pick on a goalie next year!!!!


  • piscera.infada

    As a matter of principle, I understand not liking a second-round goalie pick–I agree in many respects. At the same time though, if people are going to blast McDonald for having poor numbers on a really bad team, while in the same breath blasting Parsons for having really good numbers on a really good team, then I’m not sure what to tell you.

    if your argument is “never draft a goalie before round 4” , then just say that. Don’t pretend you have any idea about the nuances of goaltending prospects. They’re “difficult to pick” because it’s all about projecting their traits in 3, 4, 5, 6 years time–it’s more than just “‘x’ stat on ‘y’ team as an 18 year old” .

  • I was sure we were done with goalies until training camp. How many puck stoppers do we have in the organization? Elliot, Ortio, MacDonald, Gillies, Rittich, Poulin … and Ramo. Simpson and Schneider will definitely be shown the door in Stockton. More drama for Flames fans!

  • Theo4HoF

    No issue with picking a goalie, its the most important position.

    Gillies and Mcdonald aren’t sure things so we need to cast a large net on goalies.

    BT could of picked a goalie with every pick after the first and I would of been fine with it.

  • FlamesFan1489

    With Gillies injury last year, it only puts more of a cloud on his potential. I like taking shots at goalies, because they’re the last line of defense for the team. Look at last year, we were a full .010 save percentage below 29th place, which is a massive gap over a season. League average goaltending would have had us close to, if not in the playoffs. This gives Gillies/MacDonald 2-3 years to prove themselves in the AHL before Parsons makes the jump. Coming from a winning program, he’ll have to prove himself next year without 2/3 of the top line, possibly all 3 depending how Tkachuk does over the summer. I like this pick.