9 young players the Calgary Flames should target this trade season

Nov 9, 2023; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Vancouver Canucks left wing Nils Hoglander (21) skates with the puck in the first period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 9, 2023; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Vancouver Canucks left wing Nils Hoglander (21) skates with the puck in the first period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports /
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8. Shane Wright – Seattle Kraken

While Shane Wright is probably not available for the Flames from the division rival Seattle Kraken, Calgary have plenty of pieces that Seattle could use as they look to go one step further in the Stanley Cup playoffs than they did a year ago. After being drafted No. 4 overall back in 2022, Wright has skated in just 11 NHL games, tallying one goal and one assist over that time, but in the AHL, he’s been solid, notching nine goals and 13 points in just 18 games played with the Coachella Valley Firebirds.

It’s not expected that the 19-year old will make the leap to the NHL this season, but if a team is patient with his development, he could be a top-six centre for years to come, and the Flames should be all over that. With Noah Hanifin, Jacob Markstrom and other valuable pieces that could be of interest to Seattle, landing Wright would be a franchise-changing move for Calgary, as it would give them a true potential superstar to build around.

Don’t expect this one to happen unless the Flames blow the Kraken away, but given his lack of development in the 18 months he’s been with the organization thus far, there’s always a chance if Seattle believe one of the Flames veterans with an extension could help them become a genuine Stanley Cup threat in the Western Conference.