Flames snag Tkachuk and Elliott on Day 1 of draft

In the run-up to the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, we heard all kinds of crazy rumours about the Calgary Flames. In short? The Flames had been connected to basically every team, pursuing every goalie, and were going to trade everything to get everything else.

What ended up happening was a lot less scary, and much more befitting the poker player that is Flames General Manager Brad Treliving: they used their first round pick to grab Matthew Tkachuk and traded their best second round pick to St. Louis to land themselves goalie Brian Elliott.

They needed a starting goaltender and some additional high-end forwards. They got a starting goaltender and a high-end forward. Now they turn the page towards the second day of the NHL Draft (which begins at 8 a.m. MT).

PICKS REMAINING

After trading away the 35th pick, the Flames can probably slide in a bit later in the second day – and the fans can grab some waffles before logging on to FlamesNation to find out about the newest prospects.

Here are the Flames remaining picks:

  • 2nd round, 54th overall (Florida’s)
  • 2nd round, 56th
    overall (Dallas’)
  • 3rd round, 66th
    overall
  • 4th round, 96th
    overall
  • 5th round, 126th
    overall
  • 6th round, 156th
    overall
  • 6th round, 166th
    overall (Minnesota’s)
  • 7th round, 186th
    overall

They have eight kicks at the can left. I’d anticipate at least one trade, if only for the scouting staff to zero in on a specific player (like last draft’s trade-up to grab Oliver Kylington).

    ROSTER & CAP SPACE

    After adding Brian Elliott’s $2.5 million cap hit for next season, the Flames have 16 players with one-way deals (or that are Sam Bennett) for next season:

    • G: Brian Elliott
    • D: Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, Dennis Wideman, T.J. Brodie, Ladislav Smid, Deryk Engelland, Jyrki Jokipakka
    • F: Michael Frolik, Mikael Backlund, Sam Bennett, Mason Raymond, Matt Stajan, Lance Bouma, Brandon Bollig, Micheal Ferland

    And they have a baker’s dozen of restricted free agents (including Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Joe Colborne, Josh Jooris and Joni Ortio).

    Cap-wise, they have $19.133 million to fill seven roster spots (presuming they go with 23 bodies). If Monahan and Gaudreau combine for $14 million between them – and that seems probable – then that doesn’t leave very much money for them to re-sign existing RFAs or pending UFAs (like Derek Grant or Jakub Nakladal) or to head into free agency.

    LEFT ON THE BOARD

    There are a few really interesting prospects still on the board as the second day of the draft begins.

    The Flames don’t really need a goaltender, having added 18-year-old Nick Schneider last fall as a free agent, but a lot of interesting names are still on the board after zero were taken on Friday night: Filip Gustavsson, Carter Hart, Zach Sawchenko, Evan Fitzpatrick, Tyler Parsons, Jeremy Woll… they’re all still up for grabs.

    On the blueline, smooth-skating Samuel Girard and Victor Mete are still around, as are puck-movers Adam Fox, Frederic Allard and Kale Clague, and stay-at-home maven Libor Hajek. Up front, all sorts of interesting players are still up for claim: Rasmus Asplund, Pascal Laberge, Tyler Benson, Dillon Dube, Adam Mascherin, Taylor Raddysh, Carl Grundstrom, Cliff Pu, Jonathan Dahlen and Linus Lindstrom lead the remaining pack.

    I’d suspect the Flames skew towards more forwards than anything else given the organization’s depth at defense and the handful of good young goalies in the system.

    In regards to Calgary’s next pick and available players, FlamesNation colleague Christian Roatis and I made a wager late in the first round:

    • If Adam Mascherin, Vitalii Abramov and Alex DeBrincat are all gone by the time the Flames draft at 54th overall, Christian owes me a beer.
    • But if ONE of those three players are available at 54th overall (regardless of if the Flames take them or not), I owe Christian a beer.

    Considering that 23 picks will be made before the Flames get back on the clock on Saturday, I feel pretty good about my chances.

    • freethe flames

      The only real problem with your statement “doesn’t leave very much money for them to re-sign existing RFAs or pending UFAs (like Derek Grant or Jakub Nakladal) or to head into free agency”(my calculations suggest we can resign Colborne @2.5m and both these guys) is that it does not include the high possibility that the Flames buy out or move one of Wideman or Raymond and I believe both are very likely to occur. Wideman is an attractive alternative for teams especially if the Flames eat some of his salary. If they cannot move Raymond in a deal today(part of some package) then I fully expect him to be bought out.

      Also I would not be surprised if Trader Brad does a trade to move up in the second round. Just over 30 minutes to see what unfolds. Hopefully the day brings us a Top 6 RW (complimentary piece) and some good pieces to stock the cupboards.

    • SydScout

      Don’t want to railroad this article but Bollig scored a beauty of a shootout goal tonight down under for Team USA tonight in the Australian ice hockey cup here in Sydney. Fortunately Canada prevailed over the USA, Gretzky got a heck of a reception and the Canadians totally won the battle of the loudest fans (plenty of support from us locals against the Yanks). Did up twitrolfey on Twitter, you should find the goal there.

      All Canadians would have been proud of the whole thing, heaps of fun, stacks of jerseys (predominantly Canucks – puke!), beers and friendly banter.

      Great night of hockey. Sorry, now back to the regular programming…

    • freethe flames

      Speaking of FA what would people think of Stempniak on a 1 year deal? Even though he is older his game did not fall of the map last year; he might be a good complementary piece.

      • everton fc

        Not saying I want Vanek, but I’d take Vanek over Stempniak. RW who can still produce 20 goals. Probably comes dirt cheap. Having him on RW with Prybil and Frolik… Not bad, but still doesn’t give us a legitimate #1 RW.

        Tkachuk was comfortable on RW….

        • MontanaMan

          No thanks. Soft as butter; floater and bad attitude. Don’t mess with the Flames culture. Pass. PS – loved seeing Gio and Monahan on the stage for the first pick. This is how you establish culture.