4. Emilio Pettersen
The Calgary Flames have found plenty of value late in the draft over the past few decades, with the likes of Martin Pospisil, Matthew Phillips, Johnny Gaudreau and Dustin Wolf examples of that, and now, they may have another late-round pick joining the fray. At 23 years of age, Emilio Pettersen has been with the Flames since he was taken 167th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft, and after struggling to get rolling, it appears he has now found his game, as he’s off to another great start in 2023-24 after a 44 point outing a season ago.
In 18 games this year, Pettersen has 12 points for the red hot Wranglers, and while he doesn’t bring the size of Ruzicka or the experience of Dube, he has something that neither of them have shown this year and that’s a positive upside. Everywhere Pettersen has played he has managed to contribute on the score sheet, and while he won’t crack the Flames top six with the likes of Huberdeau, Kadri, Zary, Pospisil and Mangiapane on the roster, he could very well become a full-time NHLer in the right situation.