The Calgary Flames control six picks in the first four rounds of 2024’s draft

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Ryan Pike
4 months ago
Friends, if you’ve been following the Calgary Flames this season, you’ve probably noticed two things. First, they’ve been swapping out some of their older, pending free agent players for younger players and draft picks. Second, as a result of that first trend, they’re accumulating a bunch of draft picks.
Case in point: as of this writing, the Flames control eight picks in the upcoming 2024 NHL Draft, including six selections in the first four rounds.
Here’s a rundown of the picks the Flames control, and any attached conditions on those picks.

Calgary’s first-round pick*

Per a condition of the Sean Monahan trade with Montreal, the Canadiens have the option of taking the Flames’ first-round pick this year… but only if it falls between 20th and 32nd overall.
  • If the Flames miss the playoffs, their pick will be between 1st and 16th overall and Montreal won’t have the option.
  • If the Flames make the playoffs as one of the three lowest-finishing playoff teams (in terms of regular season points) then they’ll draft between 17th and 19th overall, and Montreal won’t have the option.
And even if the Flames’ first-rounder falls between 20th and 32nd overall, the pick wouldn’t automatically transfer. Montreal would have until 48 hours before the start of the draft to decide if they wanted the Flames’ pick or not.

Vancouver’s first-round pick

Via the Elias Lindholm trade, the Flames get this draft pick from Vancouver. There are no conditions attached to this pick.

Calgary’s second-round pick

Calgary’s third-round pick

Calgary’s fourth-round pick

Either Vancouver’s or New Jersey’s fourth-round pick (whichever is earlier) (unless Vancouver makes the Conference Final and Lindholm plays half their playoff games)*

The Flames acquired a fourth-round pick from Vancouver in the Elias Lindholm trade. The Canucks control two fourth-round picks. (Vancouver acquired New Jersey’s fourth-rounder last March for Curtis Lazar, and still have their own.)
  • If the Canucks don’t make the 2024 Western Conference Final (or if they do but Elias Lindholm doesn’t play in half of their playoff games), then the Flames receive whichever of the two fourth-rounders is earlier.
  • If the Canucks make the 2024 Western Conference Final and Lindholm plays in at least half of their playoff games, then this selection upgrades to Vancouver’s third-round pick.

Either Chicago’s or Calgary’s fifth-round pick (whichever is earlier)*

The Flames acquired a fifth-round pick from Vancouver in the Nikita Zadorov trade. The Canucks traded away their own fifth-round pick, but acquired one from Chicago in the Anthony Beauvillier trade. As a result of that trade, Chicago will send Vancouver either their own fifth-rounder or Calgary’s – which they acquired in the Ryan Carpenter trade – whichever is the earlier pick. Because Vancouver is receiving a conditional pick from Chicago, that condition passes along to the Flames.

Calgary’s sixth-round pick

Regardless of what other teams do, the Flames have eight selections at the 2024 NHL Draft – pending other moves – including six picks over the first four rounds. And if Vancouver makes the Western Conference Final and Lindholm plays most games, that number upgrades to five picks in the first three rounds.

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