After sitting idle on Thursday night as 21 of the NHL’s other 31 teams made first-round selections, the Calgary Flames have decisions to make on Day Two of the 2022 NHL Draft! And these are good decisions: as in, which players will they take with their draft choices?
The second day of the draft starts bright and early at 9 a.m. MT on Sportsnet (and NHL Network and ESPN+ in the USA).
As noted yesterday, the Flames have three picks on the second day of the draft:
- 59th overall (2nd round)
- 155th overall (5th round)
- 219th overall (7th round)
Calgary’s current prospect cupboard
Here’s a quick snapshot of what the Flames currently have in their prospect mix. We’re only counting players on entry-level deals or unsigned draft picks for simplicity.
- Goalies: Dustin Wolf, Daniil Chechelev and Arsenii Sergeev
- Defencemen: Yan Kuznetsov, Jeremie Poirier, Ilya Solovyov, Jake Boltmann, Cole Jordan and Cameron Whynot
- Forwards: Jakob Pelletier, Connor Zary, Rory Kerins, Emilio Pettersen, Ilya Nikolaev, Adam Klapka, Walker Duehr, Jack Beck, Lucas Ciona, Matt Coronato, Lucas Feuk, Cole Huckins, Demetrios Koumoutzis, Mitchell Mattson, Josh Nodler and William Stromgren
In terms of higher-end prospects: there’s Wolf, Sergeev, Kuznetsov, Poirier, Pelletier, Zary, Kerins, Coronato and Beck in the system. It gets lean after that.
The Flames are probably set in goal and it would probably be a surprise if they selected a goaltender. But they need more high-end depth on the blueline and up front, so grabbing defenders or forwards would be prudent.
Calgary’s drafting tendencies
The Flames have opted to consistently draft from Canadian major junior hockey – skewing towards the Ontario and Western leagues slightly more than Quebec – and Swedish hockey more than other leagues. (They’ve gone to the USHL more often recently, though.) Brad Treliving also tends to emphasize centres over wingers, so centres and defencemen are probably what to expect, all things being equal.
If we look at the Second Round Targets, a few players jump out based on their possible availability and the overlap between the Flames’ draft preferences and needs:
- D Elias Salomonsson from Skelleftea AIK (SHL/J20)
- D Mats Lindgren from Kamloops (WHL)
- D Simon Forsmark from Orebro BK (SHL/J20)
- D Noah Warren from Gatineau (QMJHL)
- C Paul Ludwinski from Kingston (OHL)
- C Matthew Poitras from Guelph (OHL)
- C Bryce McConnell-Barker from Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
But with such a diverse draft, who knows which other exciting prospects could fall to the Flames at 59th overall.
It’ll be an interesting day as the NHL’s 32 teams complete the annual entry draft. Join us for coverage of all of the Flames’ moves and selections!
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