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Flames select Cole Huckins at 77th overall

The Calgary Flames have made another pick at the 2021 NHL Draft. With the first of two third round selections, at 77th overall, they have selected centre Cole Huckins.

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Huckins was ranked 155th by FC Hockey and 48th by Central Scouting among North American skaters.

He’s a 6’3″, 200 pound left shot centre who played this past season for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL, where he had 14 goals and 18 assists in 33 games. He’s a May 2003 birthday and originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Here’s how FC Hockey describes him:

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Huckins is a big forward who can play center or wing and has some intriguing skill, but also some inconsistencies to work out with his game. While he can show flashes of good top-end speed and puck control, he can also be a rollercoaster with his decision-making and overall competitiveness on and off the puck. He is at his best with the puck on his stick in the offensive zone, corralling it before looking for chances to shoot or make plays, though there are times when his puck-handling isn’t quite fluid enough. Recovers pucks with his size and reach and tries taking them to the net. He is especially dangerous when he has the extra time and space allocated with the man-advantage.

He’s a bit of a project, but he’s got size and has shown the ability to generate offense, though he needs to get better at producing more consistently at even strength.