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There’s value to be found on second day of this draft

The first day of the NHL Draft always gets the attention. There’s a draft lottery. There’s a podium. There’s players that have been hyped for years. But the Calgary Flames have a decent farm system because they can make hay on the second day of the draft and it’s worth mentioning that they have picks on the second day of the 2019 NHL Draft, too.

Here are a few names – 10 skaters and five goaltenders – to keep in mind as the Flames work their way into the second day of the NHL Draft.

Skaters

RW Alex Beaucage, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)

Beaucage quietly had one of the more productive seasons of any draft-eligible QMJHL forwards. His five-on-five offensive production was on par with many of the projected first rounders, but there’s a decent chance that he can be had in the third round.

From Canucks Army’s profile:

A great goal-scorer and creative playmaker, Beaucage has good hands to go with a lethal shot. The 17-year-old has the size and tools to suggest NHL forward. His skating needs improvement, but his dominant year in the QMJHL showed just how hard he is to stop in the offensive zone.

D Samuel Bolduc, Blainville-Broisbriand (QMJHL)

Bolduc is a big-bodied defender, but he has surprising mobility. He really impressed at the Top Prospects Game in Red Deer with his ability to pick the right times to pinch, leading to several scoring chances for his team.

From Sportsnet:

He has an old school, defensive defenceman mentality. While he has been able to put up decent numbers in the CHL, he projects more as a complementary player. He passes like a pro, uses his size to defend the cycle well, has good body position and a good stick.

LW Alexander Campbell, Victoria (BCHL)

Teammate Alex Newhook is touted as a contender to go early in the first round, but Campbell has been able to keep up with his play-making ability and help drive play for the Grizzlies.

From Dobber Prospects:

Campbell is a pure goal-scorer and benefited from having Newhook on his line (a lot of defenders would set their sights on Newhook, allowing Campbell to exploit the extra room to his advantage). Campbell’s hands are very quick and he uses his speed to beat defenders.

RW Graeme Clarke, Ottawa (OHL)

Clarke ain’t big. He’s listed at 6’0″ and 174 pounds, but his calling card is his speed. He was superb at the Top Prospects Game, zipping around the ice and using the space his speed opened up to make smart passes.

From Habs Eyes on the Prize:

Clarke ranks highest in the shooting categories of the tracked stats, which is what is expected with his talent as a triggerman. He also attempted to carry the puck out of the defensive zone for his team a lot this season with the goal of getting back to the offence as soon as possible (since he isn’t at his most comfortable in the defensive zone).

LW Samuel Fagemo, Frolunda HC (SHL)

Passed over in the 2018 NHL Draft, Fagemo went back to Sweden and had a heck of a year. He spent the majority of the year in the SHL, went to the World Juniors, and won a league championship.

From Canucks Army:

Despite being overlooked in last year’s draft, Fagemo had a strong season in the Swedish Hockey League and will likely be selected as an overager. His calling card is a pure goal scorer, which he showed this season scoring 14 goals in 42 games as a rookie in the SHL.

RW Trevor Janicke , Central Illinois (USHL)

The Wings Nation crew love this kid. He captained his team and was an offensive leader on a not-great team.

From Wings Nation:

I can see the Maple Grove, Minnesota native developing into a top-6 pivot who can contribute on both special teams and be given the tough match-ups. He doesn’t have game-breaking abilities to become a first liner, but the potential to be a 20 goal man down the middle is very enticing.

C Valentin Nussbaumer, Shawinigan (QMJHL)

A Swiss import, Nussbaumer is a wiry, elusive player who steadily scored this past season while adjusting to the Q. He’s already played in two World Juniors for Switzerland.

RW Ethan Phillips, Sioux Falls (USHL)

Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Phillips could be the Flames’ annual “lost small child” late round pick. Listed at five-foot-nine and 146 pounds, he scored at just under a point-per-game pace in his first USHL season and helped the Stampede capture the Clark Cup championship.

C Albin Sundsvik, Skelleftea AIK (SuperElit)

A point-per-game player in junior, Sundsvik made the jump to the SHL late in the season and registered a goal. He’s struggled to register offense at major international outings, but his domestic performances suggest that there’s value there.

D Jackson van de Leest, Calgary (WHL)

The Hitmen don’t have any high-end prospects in this year’s draft, but van de Leest is a smart late round pick. He’s tall, smart in his own end, and seems poised for an offensive breakout next season as the young team matures and his role expands.

Goalies

Hugo Alnefelt, HV71 (SuperElit)

An agile young Swede, Alnefelt was excellent at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and the Under-18 Worlds – capturing medals at each event.

Samuel Hlavaj, Lincoln (USHL)

The second-best USHL goalie – behind likely first rounder Spencer Knight – Hlavaj was clutch for a Stars team that played a lot of close games. He’s lanky and still filling out physically.

Trent Miner, Vancouver (WHL)

The backup in Vancouver, Miner was a big part of the Giants’ strong regular season – he didn’t play a ton during their march to the WHL championship final. He seems primed for a breakout and could be a great late round investment.

Mads Sogaard, Medicine Hat (WHL)

Listed at six-foot-six, Sogaard is as inconsistent as he is tall. But he’s only played one season on the smaller North American ice, and his big lanky frame likely has goalie coaches salivating. He performed great in Europe, so the big question is if he can adjust to the WHL and use his size to his advantage.

Dustin Wolf, Everett (WHL)

Mentored last season by Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart, Wolf became Everett’s starter this past season and was, in a word, great. He’s not ranked highly by Central Scouting because he’s barely 5-foot-11, but he’s a tremendous junior goaltender. If he’s available in the third or fourth rounds, they should grab him.

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  • cjc

    Some of these guys sound better than the potential first rounders. I was wondering why I hadn’t seen Beaucage’s name – he might have flaws, but so do many of the other players ranked ahead of him. Clarke also sounds good, and I would take a flyer on Alnefelt.

  • deantheraven

    The draft lottery was in April. If it was on Draft day, that would definitely up the excitement level. As it is now, Day1 is only exciting for the possibility of Deals happening.

  • Beer League Coach

    I hope Flames can get a 2nd rd pick in a trade (Brodie?) and then use it to pick Alex Beaucage from Rouyn Noranda. Mads Sogaard would be a good 3rd rd pick. Then I would like to see them take 2 Hitmen in the late rounds. Jackson Van de Leest and Mark Kastelic are both big and physical and have the talent one would expect from a late round pick. I would also like to see them take a RHD but that may have to wait until next year or maybe they can find one or two as an undrafted player. We have seen that BT looks under some rocks that prior GM’s would ignore.

  • freethe flames

    Well in just over 24 hours the fun begins. Will BT be a dealer? If so what new cards will BP have to play next year? Will he create some cap space via trade so he draw a wild card of will he just hold. But more importantly a few of us are gathering at the Crowfoot Brewsters’ to watch it happen. I will be there about 5:3; I hope to meet some of the people’s whose comments about hockey keep it interesting.

  • Em Durp Em Hrudey

    Yeah yeah draft this draft that…..The Flames need a right winger right now. Is Corey Perry that winger they need? Chip on the shoulder pain in the arse free agent. Do the Flames entertain this option?

        • Em Durp Em Hrudey

          Apparently he has rehabilitated his knee and it is back at 100%. I hated him for years, but if the price is right…..The Blues just won the cup with a few cast offs and other teams “rejects”. Perry-Bennett-Tkchuck……I really think that is a solid second line. We all keep saying they need grit, well that line would be 40 grit sandpaper friends.

      • Beer League Coach

        I have disliked him too. If he will sign cheap and for 1 year I would be OK with him as a 3rd line RW. If he wants more than 1 year I would let him walk regardless of $$.