NHL Draft Retrospective: A Look Back At The No. 16 Overall Pick

CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 2: Nikita Zadorov #16 of the Calgary Flames in action against the Anaheim Ducks during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 2, 2023 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames defeated the Ducks 5-4. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 2: Nikita Zadorov #16 of the Calgary Flames in action against the Anaheim Ducks during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 2, 2023 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames defeated the Ducks 5-4. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) /
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VANCOUVER, CANADA – JANUARY 5: Martin Kaut #61 of the Colorado Avalanche gestures while skating during NHL action against the Vancouver Canucks on January, 5, 2023 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, CANADA – JANUARY 5: Martin Kaut #61 of the Colorado Avalanche gestures while skating during NHL action against the Vancouver Canucks on January, 5, 2023 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /

Too early to tell – Martin Kaut (2018), Kaiden Guhle (2020), Zachary Bolduc (2021), Noah Ostlund (2022)

Some players get drafted and contribute at the NHL level immediately, while others take a few years to develop, and while all four of these names look like solid players that can contribute to their team for years to come, we just haven’t seen enough of it at the NHL level yet.

Out of these four, just Kaut and Guhle have played at the NHL level, with Guhle debuting in Montreal this past season to the tune of 18 points in 44 games, so it may be too early to make a call on any of them, but thus far in their respective leagues, all of them look like they have the talent to potentially compete in the NHL.

Bolduc especially had 110 points in 60 games this past season in the QMJHL, and with a stacked Wranglers squad that’s bound to lose a few players next season as they progress to the NHL level, bringing in someone that can compete in the AHL immediately would be a big win for Calgary, especially if they’ve got this type of scoring potential.