2024 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings for the Calgary Flames

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10. Cole Eiserman - F USNTDP

Cole Eiserman is one of the toughest names to predict in the upcoming draft, as he has the talent to be picked higher in the draft, but unfortunately wingers aren't as valued in a draft full of centers and defenseman. That's likely how the Flames will view Eiserman as well, as he has the talent that will translate to the NHL quickly, but with a winger group that includes Blake Coleman, Jonathan Huberdeau, Yegor Sharangovich, Andrei Kuzmenko, Martin Pospisil and others, they're all full up at the spot.

With the No. 28 overall pick, the Flames could look for a winger, but at this point Eiserman just isn't likely to be the pick, with the team having plenty more options outside of Eiserman. If they do shock the NHL world and make the pick however, they would be getting a player that has scored almost a goal a game for the U.S. National Development team, and if that is the case, they certainly won't be criticized as they need that offensive burst in their lineup.

9. Anton Silayev - D Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo

At this point, we all know the Calgary Flames front office values size, and if that remains the case, look no further than defenseman Anton Silayev, who stands at 6-foot-7, weighing 211 pounds. That doesn't mean he lacks skill, but in comparison to other players it's just not at the same level, and if any of the eight players ahead of him remain available and he's selected, it's safe to say that Flames fans would be deflated.

At 18-years of age, Silayev has one year of experience at the top level in the KHL, and while that would help his game translate to the NHL level, he just doesn't bring the star qualities the Flames are looking for. With 3 goals and 11 points on the year, the production could be there at the next level, but given the Flames past as a team that values size above everything, it would be an intriguing pick that isn't received well by the fan base.