Fox is a pure skill defenseman. 59 points in the USDP, and 22 points in 25 games in the USHL this year. He is undersized at 5’10”. If he hits the upper end of his potential, he will be like Shayne Gostistbehere without the slapshot.
Dube is a fast player with good hands and overall skill. He is only 5′-10″, but most of the players in this draft are undersized if they have a good skill set. A similar type of pick as Andrew Mangiapane last year.
The Flames decided that selecting players from the Memorial Cup Champion London Knights is a smart idea. First they took their leading scorer, and now their starting goaltender.
The Flames acquired the Blues veteran netminder for pick 35 in this draft, and a 2018 3rd round pick if the Flames re-sign him. He has performed well behind the Blues defense in recent years, but has never played more than 55 games back in 2009-10 with Ottawa, and has only played 181 games in the last 5 years. The Flames will need to rely on a quality backup, whether that is Joni Ortio, or someone else.
Elliott is only due to earn 2.5 million dollars next season, which could allow the Flames to make an addition through UFA.
After a turbulent first five picks in the 2016 draft, the Flames were able to select one of the players that was expected to be in the top four.
Apologies in advance to any of the readers of my daily duo of articles profiling prospects. Due to a family medical emergency I will be unable to upload any articles for the time being. It may only be a day or two that will be missed, I hope, but it may be longer depending on what happens.
Eventually, once everything returns to normal, I will make them up by doing additional previews per day until I am caught up.
UPDATE: For now, it appears that the worst of it is over. I will either resume tomorrow or the next day depending on what happens between now and then.
It’s that time of year again. Starting next week at the top with Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, the posting of draft preview articles will begin. It will consist of two previews posted per day during the week, with potentially more coming per day towards the draft itself. The Flames draft picks in the first two rounds are completely up in the air as the Flames could have a late first, or two late second round picks. Everyone that has video available online will have an article posted about them. Typically that means that European players rated to go in the second round will not be available. Everyone else should be good to go.
One thing of note is the lack of right wings with any size outside Puljujarvi, Laine, and Julien Gauthier, so that area of need in the Flames organizational depth chart will have to be addressed in another way, likely though free agency. This draft is well stocked with quality goaltenders, centers and left wingers with size and plenty of defensemen to go along with them. Calgary could have their pick of any of the top defensemen at pick #6, with all of Chychrun, Sergachev, Juolevi, and Bean probably available when they go to pick. If the Flames opt to use another pick on a goaltender, they will have several options at 35 or with the Florida or potential Dallas Stars second round selection.
One year after winning the Jack Adams, the Calgary Flames have fired Head Coach Bob Hartley. After the team went all the way to the second round of the playoffs, they regressed this past season, finishing with the fifth worst record in the NHL. The team should be heading in the direction of becoming a contending team and they have enough pieces with which to do so. However, the team could not get it to work this season and the management decided that they needed a change. We will see who he is replaced with and what direction the team goes.
Best of luck to Bob Hartley in his future endeavours.
The order of the draft is as follows
The Flames will have the ability to select one of Pierre Luc Dubois, Matt Tkachuk, Alex Nylander, Tyson Jost, Logan Brown, Jakub Chychrun, and Olli Juolevi. We will have a long wait until June to see which of those players will become a Flame.
The Flames signed Czech League star Daniel Pribyl this week. The 6-3 218 pound forward will be rehabbing a knee injury this offseason in Calgary as he gets ready for next season. He is only 23 years old and will fit in with the rebuild perfectly. He helps to address the Flames lack of size, and lack of right shooting wingers and centers. He may start the season in Stockton, especially if his knee injury prevents him from attending training camp.