The Calgary Flames are going to miss the playoffs. They have no first round selection in the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft.
Given how much the season has fallen off the rails, one of those facts is unfortunate and the other is embarrassing. In his latest edition of 31 Thoughts, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman had some interesting information.
12. Word out of the GM meetings is Calgary GM Brad Treliving will look to add a first-round pick in this year’s draft. The Flames traded their 2018 selection to the Islanders in the Travis Hamonic deal, and will try to replace it. That would likely mean a major move, but the way this season is ending necessitates something big.
As we’ve documented here extensively, the Flames traded their first and second round selections in the 2018 NHL Draft to the New York Islanders in the Travis Hamonic trade. Their third round selection will go to Arizona as a condition of the Mike Smith trade. That leaves the Flames with no picks until the middle of the fourth round, which probably doesn’t cut it for Treliving or his scouting staff.
The desire to add a first round pick is one thing, but what assets do the Flames have a willingness to move that would net them a first round selection? The list probably is some mixture of Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Mikael Backlund, Matthew Tkachuk, and Dougie Hamilton. If the Flames do land a first round pick in a trade, the player going the other way will have to be significant.