Question 2: That being said, do you hope the Calgary Flames make a trade instead of drafting?
Yes, very much. This draft seems to be the weakest in quite some time and yes while its true there is guaranteed to be some gems hidden down in the later picks that are ripe for the taking, they are hard to find. A trade would be exciting and smart I think as the Flames have quite a few kids still developing and could do without a 16th overall mediocre player.
I’m not sure if the Flames can land a quality player with a mid-first round pick this year. Given the lack of depth in this year’s draft, it doesn’t make sense to trade down for multiple selections, either. It makes sense to just draft a forward and go from there.
Make a trade unless the prospect at 16 is a slam dunk.
I’m somewhat torn. I wouldn’t be opposed to a trade since it’d most likely be somewhat of a fun, blockbuster type trade. But if they end up drafting, I also wouldn’t be angry about it for the reasons I said above.