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Flames draft Dmitry Zavgorodniy with 198th pick

The Flames made their final selection of the 2018 NHL draft, Dmitri Zavgorodniy from the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. Last season, Zavgorodny 26 goals and 47 points in 62 games.  

Here are Zavgorodny’s vitals from Elite Prospects:

As you can see from these rankings, it appears that the Flames may have scored some decent value here, snapping up the diminutive Russian winger. This pick is a little off-brand for the Flames who haven’t drafted many Russian players over the past few years. Zavgorodniy was a former eighth overall pick in the 2017 CHL import draft and has represented Russia at the U18s as well.

Here’s some video of Zavgorodniy from the Ivan Hlinka tournament and from Rimouski:

To my eye, this seems like a good bet in the seventh-round. Betting on skill in the later rounds is always a good policy and this pick seems to fit that description.


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  • Baalzamon

    So every pick used on a forward. Interesting.

    They definitely weren’t prioritizing size this time ’round, that’s for sure. Pospisil the only one over 6’0″

  • Chrissu

    I really like this pick (after doing a quick search). Skilled right shot centerman. In the Ivan Hlinka tournament which includes top prospects such as Veleno and Kotkaniemi, he put up the most points with 10 points in 5 games. I think the few big reasons he fell so far is his size (5’9) and the fact he produced only 49 points in 64 games in the QMJHL

    • supra steve

      I’ve been watching the NHL draft for a lot of years, going back at least as far as the Jagr draft (taped that one on VHS). Some players are ranked high on the consensus lists and never make an impact in the NHL.
      Brendl (a Hitman) was a bust, Daniel Tkaczuk (a Flame pick) was a bust, Fata (who the Flames went “off the board” to pick at #6) was a bust. More recently Yakupov.
      Then there are the late rounders that some scout saw something worth the risk. Gary Suter, Theo Fleury, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Ferland, Gaudreau, and many others. We won’t know how well the Flames did today for several years. I hope all the Flame’s picks make the big club, but will be very satisfied if even one makes an impact with the Flames. That’s reality.

  • Al Rain

    By my count, BT netted +6 Euros (5 via draft, 1 via trade) and -2 NA’s (+1 via trade, -3 via trade).

    I’m not partial one way or the other, but it does strike me that BT is not wearing Dutter’s WHA blinders.

    • cberg

      Gotta go to the lesser known leagues and places to find these late round gems. Detroit feasted on them for years before other teams even started looking. I think the Loob hire is part of the overall move overseas and will bode well for the Flames down the road.

      • Al Rain

        No question looking overseas is important and that the Loob hiring was part of it. I’m just super happy that our GM has an open mind that Dutter didn’t seem to have.

  • McRib

    If I was the chief scout of the Flames this is who I would have picked.

    105-Aidan Dudas, 108-Cole Fonstad, 122-Marcus Westfalt, 167-Eric Florchuck, 198-Vladislav Kotkov.

    That said, I really liked the Milos Roman and Dmitry Zavgorodniy picks and I didn’t mind the Emilio Pettersen pick. The Martin Pospisil and Demetrios Koumontzis picks weren’t terrible outside of the fact there were much better players available in the fourth round (Aidan Dudas, Cole Fonstad, Curtis Hall, Blade Jenkins, Filip Kral, etc).

    • McRib

      Players I was surprised weren’t selected Vladislav Kotkov (Chicoutimi), Chase Wouters (Saskatoon), Max Paddock (Regina), Luka Burzan (Brandon), Anderson MacDonald (Moncton), Max Crozier (Nanaimo), Jeremi Gruber (Swiss U20), Tristen Nielsen (Calgary), Sean Comrie (Spruce Grove), etc.

  • Franko J

    There are some intriguing prospects that the Flames can try and sign for prospect camp:
    Pavel Gogolev (pre-draft target)
    Ryan Chyzowski
    Luka Burzan
    Just to name a few