Calgary Flames first-round pick selected No. 1 overall in CHL Import Draft

Matvei Gridin, Calgary Flames
Matvei Gridin, Calgary Flames / Candice Ward/GettyImages

According to almost all outlets, the Calgary Flames scouting department and General Manager Craig Conroy did an incredible job during the 2024 NHL Draft, with several future NHLers expected to come from this class.

Now, there's been an interesting update for first-round pick Matvei Gridin, who was officially selected No. 1 overall in the 2024 CHL Import Draft by the Val-D’Or Foreurs of the QMJHL.

The move comes despite his commitment to play for the University of Michigan next season, and while some expected there to be a contest between the CHL team that drafted him and that commitment, the likelihood has now gone down that he was drafted to the QMJHL, which is seen as lower quality compared to the other two leagues.

We will likely hear a decision from Gridin in the coming weeks, but given his combination of size, skill and potential, it's understandable why he was highly sought after heading into this draft. He may have been a surprise pick for many in the 2024 NHL Draft, but it's clear that Gridin has plenty of upside moving forward, and whether he goes to Michigan or ends up in the QMJHL, his future is bright and it could end with a major role in the NHL.