It’s easy to sell pieces and change your team significantly in 24 hours, but it is very difficult to change your team as much for the better as the Flames did this week.

The 2015 Entry Draft is in the books and the Calgary Flames made a big splash by trading for Dougie Hamilton, and drafting both Rasmus Andersson and Oliver Kylington.  We’ll discuss the Flames draft, how much they’ve upgraded the blueline – and if the Flames won or lost the trades it took to do so.

With Free Agent season around the corner we’ll also look at the RFAs the Flames qualified and didn’t qualify, and what UFAs we hope the Flames target, and who we stay away from.

The Calgary Flames have shipped out their first three selections in the 2015 draft for RFA defenseman Dougie Hamilton.

Hamilton is a 6′-5″ 212 lb defenseman that accumulated 10 goals and 32 assists with the Bruins last season. He just turned 22 this month. For comparison, TJ Brodie had 11 goals and 30 assists.

Hamilton will likely be signed by the Flames in the 6 million dollar range once his contract can be finalized.

 

This is one of the most lopsided trades that I can recall in recent history and this time the Flames are on the good side of it. Despite the immense quality of this draft, the likelihood that any of the draft picks even come close to being in the same conversation as Hamilton is slim. This is a huge piece for the Flames as they put together the pieces necessary to become a contending and hopefully championship calibre team.

 

In this episode we’ll break down our thoughts as to who the Flames may take with their three second round picks (45, 52 and 53) and their two third round picks (76 and 83).

We’ll answer many questions Flames fans have going into this draft: Are there any top 30 players who may fall far enough for us to pick them? Or any sleeper players we need to watch for? With such a deep draft, can we get a first line player at the 40-50 range?

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