Calgary Flames: What could happen at the 2018 NHL Draft

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 23: An overhead view of the draft floor during Round One of the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 23: An overhead view of the draft floor during Round One of the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Trading for a top-six winger

If the Calgary Flames were to make a move on draft day, this one seems not only the most likely but the ones that fans want the most. If the Flames want to make another run at the Cup soon, trading for a draft pick won’t help them get there any time soon.

The thing the Flames arguably need the most right now is a top-six winger. We’ve seen them try different options with Micheal Ferland, Sam Bennett, and Kris Versteeg, but it seems like none of the options can keep up with the dynamic duo of Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau.

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Nearing the end of the season, the Flames recalled Spencer Foo and he seemed to gel well with Gaudreau and Monahan and held up his own. It begs the question though if he can keep up those NHL top-line minutes for 82 games. If Foo does get more of a full-time role with the Flames, which I can see happening, it might be alternating between a bottom-six and a top-six role. It took Foo a little to get adjusted at the AHL level coming from the NCAA, but once he got settled, he was on a roll. He can definitely do that at the NHL level as well, but it’s hard to tell how well he can keep it up in his first NHL season.

If the Flames were to make a trade for a top-six winger, it seems like they’ll have to make a big trade as well, with either TJ Brodie or Sam Bennett, as some people have been speculating. All I know is that if the Flames were to make a trade on draft day, a top-six winger would be my ideal situation.