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The draft domino effect of the Flames missing the playoffs

It’s no secret that the Calgary Flames moved a lot of draft picks last summer in an effort to better the hockey club. It’s been tough to get a clear picture of exactly how things look over the next few drafts because so many of the picks were tied up with trade conditions that could go one way or the other.

With the Flames definitively not advancing to the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, the drafting picture over the next three summers suddenly looks a lot clearer. Three trades involving conditional draft picks are now finalized.

The chain of trades

The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired defenceman Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Calgary’s third round pick in 2017 and a conditional fifth round pick in ’18. (Flames media release.)

Made on Feb. 20, this was the first conditional pick involved and easily the simplest. The 2018 fifth round selection was contingent on Stone re-signing with the Flames, which happened on June 30.

The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired goaltender Mike Smith from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for UFA Chad Johnson, unsigned prospect Brandon Hickey and a conditional 3rd round draft pick. (Flames media release.)

This swap was made on June 17, just before the submission of expansion draft protected lists to the NHL office. We’ve confirmed with team sources that the vaguely-defined conditional third round draft pick was a 2018 pick, which would have converted to a 2019 second round pick if the Flames qualified for the 2018 playoffs. The Flames were eliminated from playoff condition on March 26, which sent this pick to Arizona.

The Calgary Flames have acquired defenseman Travis Hamonic from the New York Islanders along with a fourth round pick in either the 2019 or 2020 NHL Draft in exchange for Calgary’s first and second round picks in the 2018 NHL Draft and a second round pick in either the 2019 or 2020 NHL Draft. (Flames media release.)

This swap was made on June 24, on the second day of the 2017 NHL Draft. Which year the second-for-fourth draft pick swap occurs was dependent on the availability of the Flames’ 2019 second round pick. Because the Flames missed the playoffs their 2018 third rounder went to Arizona, so their 2019 second round pick goes to the Islanders (and they get the Isles’ 2019 fourth rounder in return).

Their available picks

Here are the picks the Flames have over the next three drafts. It’s lean for this June’s draft with just four selections, but they have six next year (including four in the first four rounds).

  • 2018: 4th rounder (own), 4th rounder (Florida’s, from Jiri Hudler trade), 6th rounder (own), 7th rounder (own)
  • 2019: 1st rounder (own), 3rd rounder (own), 4th rounder (own), 4th rounder (Islanders’, from Hamonic trade), 5th rounder (own), 7th rounder (Carolina’s, from Eddie Lack trade)
  • 2020: The Flames have all of their own picks