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How many first-round picks will the Calgary Flames have in the next three years?

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Ryan Pike
1 month ago
Friends, if you’ve followed our mailbag over the past several years, you know two things: we get a lot of questions, and a lot of them are really well-phrased. Aside from “When will (Player Name) get traded?” the most common question we’re getting is some version of “So what’s happening with all the first-rounders the Flames have?!”
In the interest of clarity on a very complex topic, here’s our rundown of how many first-round picks the Flames have over the next three years.

The 2024 draft

The Flames will have one pick (Vancouver’s) IF Calgary’s 2024 first-rounder is between 20th & 32nd overall AND Montreal opts to take Calgary’s 2024 pick rather than wait for a pick in 2025 or 2026. (Montreal has 48 hours before 2024’s first round to take this option, but again, only if Calgary’s pick falls between 20th & 32nd overall.)
The Flames will have two picks (Calgary’s and Vancouver’s) IF Calgary’s 2024 first-rounder is earlier than 20th overall OR if Calgary’s 2024 first-rounder is between 20th & 32nd overall and Montreal decides to wait for a pick in 2025 or 2026.
(The way the Flames are trending in the standings, their 2024 first-rounder will be earlier than 20th overall, so they will likely have two first-rounders in 2024.)

The 2025 draft

The Flames will have zero picks IF either of Florida’s 2024 or 2025 first-rounders are in the top 10 AND Calgary’s 2025 first-rounder is not first overall. In this situation, the Flames do not get Florida’s 2025 first-rounder and Calgary’s 2025 first-rounder transfers to Montreal.
The Flames will have one pick (Calgary’s) IF either of Florida’s 2024 or 2025 first-rounders are in the top 10 AND Calgary’s 2025 first-rounder is first overall. In this situation, the Flames do not get Florida’s 2025 first-rounder but Calgary’s 2025 first-rounder does not transfer to Montreal.
The Flames will also have one pick (Calgary’s or Florida’s) IF neither of Florida’s 2024 or 2025 first-rounders are in the top 10. In this situation, Calgary receives Florida’s 2025 first-rounder. If Calgary’s pick is in the top 10, Florida’s pick goes to Montreal. If Calgary’s pick is not in the top 10, Montreal gets whichever pick is earlier.
(The way Florida’s trending, most likely the third scenario is what unfolds.)

The 2026 draft

The Flames will have one pick (Calgary’s) IF neither of Florida’s 2024 or 2025 first-rounders are in the top 10. In this situation, Montreal gets their conditional pick in 2025 and the Flames’ 2026 first-rounder has its conditions removed.
The Flames will have one pick (Calgary’s or Florida’s) IF either of Florida’s 2024 or 2025 first-rounders are in the top 10 AND Calgary’s 2025 first-rounder is first overall. If this happens, the Flames receive Florida’s 2026 first-rounder and Montreal receives the earlier of Calgary or Florida’s 2026 first-rounders.
The Flames will have two picks (Calgary’s and Florida’s) IF either of Florida’s 2024 or 2025 first-rounders are in the top 10 AND Calgary’s 2025 first-rounder is not first overall. If this happens, Montreal gets their conditional pick in 2025 and the Flames’ 2026 first-rounder has its conditions removed AND the Flames receive Florida’s 2026 first-rounder.
(The way Florida’s trending, most likely the first scenario is what unfolds.)
In the event the Flames obtain any additional first-round picks – hopefully without conditions attached – we’ll update this tracker to help keep things simple for everybody.
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