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Every team gets seven draft choices; how did the Calgary Flames use them under Brad Treliving?

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Ryan Pike
2 months ago
If you’ve been reading FlamesNation for any length of time, it’s probably no secret that we love the annual NHL Draft around here. Heck, I’m such a draft nerd that I wrote a book about the Calgary Flames’ history at the event.
But one thing that fascinates me about the draft is that, fundamentally, everybody has the same number of kicks at the can. Every NHL club is given one pick per round and get to decide what they want to do with them. Some teams use them to draft players. Some use them for trades.
Using Brad Treliving’s nine years as GM as a lens of analysis, let’s take a look at how the Flames used their seven allocated draft picks per year.

Our methodology

So we’re looking at two things: what the Flames did with their original allocation of seven draft selections, and what those selections turned into (in terms of following them to the end of their particular asset chains). Current Flames reserve list players are bolded.
We’re primarily concerned with NHL games here. In terms of trades, we’re making the arbitrary decision to allocate the NHL games to the highest pick or largest asset sent the other way in the trade. It’s admittedly a fuzzy distinction, but otherwise we’d have to figure out how to split NHL games across multiple assets or picks (and figuring out how to do that in a clean way is just a gigantic hassle). When there are NHL games to give a draft class credit for, we’ll mention them in the draft year where the most significant trade asset originated.

2014

1st round – 4th overall
Pick was kept and used to select OHL forward Sam Bennett. Bennett played 402 games with the Flames before being traded to Florida (with a 2022 7th-round pick) in exchange for a 2022 2nd-rounder and Finnish prospect Emil Heineman. The 2022 2nd-rounder was sent to Seattle as the largest piece of a package (along with a 2023 3rd-round pick and a 2024 7th-round pick) that landed the Flames 17 games worth of Calle Jarnkrok. (Heineman was sent to Montreal in the Tyler Toffoli trade, along with a 2022 1st-rounder, 2023 5th-rounder and Tyler Pitlick.)
2nd round – 34th overall
Pick was kept and used to select QMJHL goaltender Mason McDonald.
3rd round – 64th overall
Pick was kept and used to select AJHL defenceman Brandon Hickey. Hickey was later traded to Arizona as part of a package (along with goalie Chad Johnson and a 2018 3rd-rounder) in exchange for goaltender Mike Smith.
4th round – 94th overall
This pick was traded before Treliving became GM, being sent to Toronto in exchange for forward Joe Colborne. Colborne played 217 games for the Flames.
5th round – 124th overall
This pick was traded before Treliving became GM, being sent to St. Louis in exchange for defenceman Kris Russell. Russell played 198 games for the Flames, then was traded to Dallas in exchange for a 2016 2nd-rounder (used to select Dillon Dube), defenceman Jyrki Jokipakka and forward Brett Pollock. Dube has played 305+ games for the Flames, while Jokipakka played 56 games before being traded to Ottawa (with a 2017 2nd-round pick) in exchange for Mike Kostka and Curtis Lazar.
6th round – 154th overall
This pick was traded before Treliving became GM, being sent to Dallas in exchange for forward Lane MacDermid, who played one game for the Flames.
7th round – 184th overall
Pick was kept and used to select WHL forward Austin Carroll.

2015

1st round – 15th overall
2nd round – 45th overall
These two picks were traded to Boston (along with a 2015 2nd-round pick acquired from Washington) in exchange for Dougie Hamilton. Hamilton played 245 games with the Flames, then was traded to Carolina along with college prospect Adam Fox and forward Micheal Ferland in exchange for current roster players Elias Lindholm (393 games) and Noah Hanifin (383 games).
3rd round – 76th overall
This pick was traded to Arizona (along with a 2015 3rd-round pick acquired from Washington) to allow the Flames to move up to 60th overall to select Oliver Kylington. So far, Kylington has played 168 games for the Flames.
4th round – 106th overall
This pick was traded before Treliving became GM, being sent to Colorado in exchange for T.J. Galiardi, who played 62 games for the Flames.
5th round – 136th overall
Pick was kept and used to select WHL import forward Pavel Karnaukhov.
6th round – 166th overall
Pick was kept and used to select OHL forward Andrew Mangiapane, who has played 365 games for the Flames.
7th round – 196th overall
Pick was kept and used to select OHL defenceman Riley Bruce.

2016

1st round – 6th overall
Pick was kept and used to select OHL forward Matthew Tkachuk. Tkachuk played 431 games for the Flames, then was traded to Florida in exchange for Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar, Cole Schwindt and a conditional 2015 1st-round pick. Huberdeau has played 103 games for the Flames, Weegar 105 games, and the 1st-rounder could be traded to Montreal due to convoluted trade conditions related to the Sean Monahan trade to Montreal.
2nd round – 35th overall
This pick was traded to St. Louis in exchange for 49 games of goaltender Brian Elliott.
3rd round – 66th overall
Pick was kept and used to select USHL defenceman Adam Fox. Fox was traded to Carolina (along with Dougie Hamilton and Micheal Ferland) in exchange for Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin.
4th round – 96th overall
Pick was kept and used to select Swedish forward Linus Lindstrom.
5th round – 126th overall
Pick was kept and used to select USHL forward Mitchell Mattson.
6th round – 156th overall
Pick was kept and used to select Finnish forward Eetu Tuulola.
7th round – 186th overall
Pick was kept and used to select OHL import defenceman Stepan Falkovsky.

2017

1st round – 16th overall
Pick was kept and used to select WHL import defenceman Juuso Valimaki, who played 82 games for the Flames.
2nd round – 47th overall
This pick was traded to Ottawa (along with Jyrki Jokipakka) in exchange for defenceman Mike Kostka and forward Curtis Lazar. Lazar played 70 games for the Flames.
3rd round – 78th overall
This pick was traded to Arizona (along with a 2018 5th-round pick) in exchange for defenceman Michael Stone. Stone played 228 games for the Flames, but played just 115 games before he was bought out in 2019 (and then another 113 on a series of contracts after that).
4th round – 109th overall
Pick was kept and used to select OHL import forward Adam Ruzicka, who has played 94 games with the Flames.
5th round – 140th overall
Pick was kept and used to select WHL forward Zach Fischer.
6th round – 171st overall
Pick was kept and used to select QMJHL forward D’Artagnan Joly.
7th round – 202nd overall
Pick was kept and used to select Swedish forward Filip Sveningsson.

2018

1st round – 12th overall
2nd round – 43rd overall
These picks were traded (along with a 2019 2nd-round pick) to the New York Islanders for defenceman Travis Hamonic, who played 193 games for the Flames.
3rd round – 74th overall
This pick was traded (along with goalie Chad Johnson and prospect Brandon Hickey) to Arizona in exchange for 97 games of goaltender Mike Smith.
4th round – 105th overall
Pick was kept and used to select USHL import forward Martin Pospisil, who’s played 14 games for the Flames.
5th round – 136th overall
This pick was traded to Arizona (along with a 2017 3rd-round pick) for Michael Stone.
6th round – 167th overall
Pick was kept and used to select USHL import forward Emilio Pettersen.
7th round – 198th overall
Pick was kept and used to select QMJHL import forward Dmitry Zavgorodniy.

2019

1st round – 26th overall
Pick was kept and used to select QMJHL forward Jakob Pelletier, who’s played 24 games with the Flames so far.
2nd round – 57th overall
This pick was traded to the Islanders (along with 2018 1st and 2nd-round picks) for Travis Hamonic.
3rd round – 88th overall
Pick was kept and used to select Russian forward Ilya Nikolaev.
4th round – 119th overall
This pick was traded to Montreal in exchange for a 2018 4th-round pick (122nd overall), which the Flames used to select WHL import forward Milos Roman.
5th round – 150th overall
Pick was kept and used to select USHL forward Josh Nodler.
6th round – 181st overall
This pick was traded, along with prospect Keegan Kanzig, to Carolina in exchange for goalie Eddie Lack, defenceman Ryan Murphy and a 2019 7th-round pick (which was used to select WHL goalie Dustin Wolf). Lack played four games and was traded to New Jersey in exchange for defenceman Dalton Prout, who played 20 games for the Flames. Wolf has played two games for the Flames.
7th round – 212th overall
This pick was traded to Ottawa in exchange for nine games of forward Nick Shore.

2020

1st round – 19th overall
The Flames traded down from 19th to 22nd in a trade with the New York Rangers, acquiring a 2020 3rd-round pick used to select QMJHL defenceman Jeremie Poirier. They traded down again from 22nd to 24th in a trade with Washington, acquiring a 2020 3rd-round pick used to select USHL defenceman Jake Boltmann. They used 24th overall to select WHL forward Connor Zary, who has played 14 games so far.
2nd round – 49th overall
Pick was kept and used to select NCAA defenceman Yan Kuznetsov.
3rd round – 80th overall
This pick was traded to Chicago for seven games of defenceman Erik Gustafsson.
4th round – 111th overall
This pick was traded to Los Angeles for 15 games of defenceman Oscar Fantenberg.
5th round – 142nd overall
Pick was kept and used to select QMJHL forward Ryan Francis.
6th round – 173rd overall
Pick was kept and used to select OHL forward Rory Kerins.
7th round – 204th overall
Pick was kept and used to select OHL import defenceman Ilya Solovyov, who’s played two games so far.

2021

1st round – 12th overall
Pick was kept and used to select USHL forward Matt Coronato, who’s played 11 games so far.
2nd round – 44th overall
Pick was kept and used to select Swedish forward William Strömgren.
3rd round – 76th overall
Pick was kept and used to select QMJHL forward Cole Huckins.
4th round – 108th overall
This pick was traded to Los Angeles for seven games of defenceman Derek Forbort.
5th round – 140th overall
Pick was kept and used to select WHL defenceman Cole Jordan.
6th round – 172nd overall
Pick was kept and used to select WHL forward Lucas Ciona.
7th round – 204th overall
Pick was kept and used to select NAHL import goaltender Arsenii Sergeev.

2022

1st round – 26th overall
This pick was traded to Montreal (along with Tyler Pitlick, Emil Heineman and a 2023 5th-round pick) in exchange for Tyler Toffoli. Toffoli played 119 games for the Flames, then was traded to New Jersey for a 2023 3rd-round pick (used to select BCHL forward Aydar Suniev) and forward Yegor Sharangovich. Sharangovich has played 24 games so far.
2nd round – 59th overall
Pick was kept and used to select Finnish forward Topi Rönni.
3rd round – 91st overall
This pick was traded to Boston in exchange for goaltender Dan Vladar, who’s played 57 games so far.
4th round – 123rd overall
This pick was traded to Seattle in exchange for forward Tyler Pitlick. Pitlick played 25 games before being traded to Montreal in the aforementioned Toffoli trade.
5th round – 155th overall
Pick was kept and used to select WHL forward Parker Bell.
6th round – 187th overall
This pick was traded to Florida (along with forward Sam Bennett) in exchange for Emil Heineman and a 2022 2nd-round pick. Heineman was traded to Montreal in the Toffoli trade, while the 2nd-round pick was packaged (along with a 2023 3rd-round pick and 2024 7th-round pick) to Seattle for Calle Jarnkrok.
7th round – 219th overall
Pick was kept and used to select BCHL forward Cade Littler.
Which years did you think the Flames used their draft pick allocation well? Which years weren’t quite as good? What do you think the right balance is between selecting players and trading picks to bolster the NHL roster? Let us know in the comments!

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