The Calgary Flames have their picks at the 2017 NHL Draft on June 23rd-24th. Let’s take a look at their five selections at this year’s draft.
As upsetting it was for the Calgary Flames to be swept in the first round of the playoffs this year, Flames fans should feel happy that the Nashville Predators also advanced in the first round. Since the Predators were the 16th seed team in the NHL, just one spot below the Flames, the Flames get the 16th pick at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Actually, the Flames and Preds were tied for points heading into the playoffs, but the Flames had more wins which is why they were in the first Wildcard position. So just imagine, if the Flames had just one less point, they could have potentially been where the Predators are right now…
I’m sorry if that made you cry. I know it makes me cry every time I have the unfortunate time of thinking about it. Anyways, moving on.
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Nobody quite knows if the Flames will make a move on draft day with a trade of their 16th overall pick. They do only get five picks this year, but there are some spots that need filling that maybe no draft pick can help them with. The biggest thing they need is a starting goaltender. Right now, both of the goalies from last season will be UFA’s and if the team wants a goaltender with some valuable NHL experience, they need to make a move fast. Or they’ll have the risk of heading into free agency with no NHL goaltender.
But moving on from goaltender talk which is all we seem to do lately.
Here are all the pick selections the Flames have at this year’s draft. Including the ones they traded:
16th Overall: Calgary Flames pick
This is (obviously) the highest draft pick for the Flames at this year’s draft. And like I mentioned above, thanks Predators for helping out the cause. The Last time the Flames had a pick in a similar spot was at the 2015 NHL draft (15th overall).
But the Flames didn’t draft at that selection. Nor in the next two selections they had that year. Why, you may ask? Well, if you remember, the team acquired Dougie Hamilton in a trade with the Boston Bruins for their first-round pick at 15th overall along with two in the second round (45th selection and 52nd selection).
That first pick that Boston acquired from the Flames resulted in a surprise with Zachary Senyshyn, who was projected at going in the second round. He has yet to play in the NHL. The other two picks have a combined total of one NHL game between the two of them. Safe to say that the Flames got away with a steal at that one and with what the Flames need on their roster, many think a trade may happen this year.
And with this year’s draft selection being nowhere near what it has been the last few years. So the Flames may not even get anybody that can make an impact with that 16th overall choice. But nobody can say for sure until draft day comes. So let’s move on for now.
46th Overall: Traded to the Ottawa Senators
In four games with the Flames in the regular season, Lazar has three points. While Jyrki Jokipakka was told he won’t qualify for this upcoming year and is going back to Europe.
Unless the Senators pick up some quiet kid who ends up shining in the NHL which is unlikely to happen, seeing how this year’s draft is, I think it’s safe to say that the Flames won this trade.
76th Overall: Traded to the Arizona Coyotes
Stone basically replaced Dennis Wideman on that pairing with TJ Brodie, something that Flames fans were ecstatic about. This also somewhat sparked a ten-game win streak for the Flames. The Coyotes will get a fifth-round pick in 2018 from the Flames if Stone re-signs with the Flames next season.
The writers here at Flame for Thought had a virtual roundtable discussion about the Flames defencemen earlier this week and for the most part, the general consensus was that Stone should stay with the Flames.
Now, why Twitter was going nuts is because the Flames acquired yet ANOTHER Michael. It seems like the Flames are just trying to get every Michael in the league which I’m here for.
109th Overall: Calgary Flames pick
There isn’t much to say about these later rounds. But remember that one other Flames draft pick they had in the fourth round… at 104th overall at the 2011 draft.. I’m not sure if anybody knows this name or not. Johnny Gaudreau? Anybody heard of him?
Well, he wasn’t taken until the FOURTH ROUND. Like wow, good job at the Flames scouts. At other team scouts: You guys messed up.
You know who else was a fourth-rounder? TJ Brodie. Or as Wikipedia has his name as, Thomas Jhomas Brodie. Oops. It’s been like that for a few weeks, nobody tell Wikipedia I did that or they’ll ban me.
140th Overall: Calgary Flames pick
Again, this isn’t too exciting. But the Flames will get 140th overall. Fun fact: Micheal Ferland was a fifth round selection at the 2010 NHL draft! Now look at him. I feel like a proud mom. Kris Versteeg was also a fifth round selection in 2004! But this one wasn’t done by the Flames. He was initially drafted by the Boston Bruins. Moving on.
171st Overall: Calgary Flames pick
Unless Flames pull a Detroit and pick up a Pavel Datsyuk (he was taken in the sixth round), then this isn’t that exciting either.
202nd Overall: Calgary Flames pick
Unless the Flames pull a Detroit (again) and pick up a Henrik Zetterberg (he was taken in the seventh round), then this also isn’t that exciting. Wow I guess good job at the Detroit scouts as well. Actually, current Flames RW Troy Brouwer was taken at 214th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks! He won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010.
Now, I know Flames fans aren’t the biggest of fans of Brouwer, but that’s still pretty cool.
There’s your brief rundown on the Flames draft picks at this year’s NHL draft! Keep checking our website for draft profiles on some draft choices at that 16th overall pick coming soon!