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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CALGARY, AB – APRIL 7 2018:(Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Nothing

A legitimate option is for the Calgary Flames to not do anything on draft day. While it seems unlikely given Brad Treliving’s history, we can’t rule anything out. As I mentioned earlier, they could just hold out until free agency. There will be quite a few options at free agency for them to choose from.

Right now, as I again mentioned, the biggest thing the Flames need is a top-six winger. However, if they were to sign someone on free agency, they may have to move some people around if they want to be able to afford it. In that case, an option would be to potentially trade for a draft pick in order to clear up some cap space.

I don’t see this being the case, though. I think if Treliving were to make a move on draft day, it won’t just be for a draft pick. But again, I am always wrong about these things. Remember last year when I wrote about how the Flames shouldn’t re-sign Michael Stone and they signed Stone an hour later? Yeah.

Like I mentioned, this option is highly improbable, and the least likely. If the Flames want to hold out until free-agency, they need to clear up some cap space. Which entails making some sort of move on draft day. Which isn’t nothing.

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If the Flames do nothing and hold out until free agency, I hear there’s a 40-year-old free agent available…