With their fourth round selection, 109th overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Flames took hulking forward Adam Ruzicka from the Sarnia Sting.
In his rookie season in the Ontario Hockey League, Ruzicka scored 25 goals and put up 46 points through 61 regular season games. He struggled in the early portion of the 2016-17 campaign, adjusting to a new league and country, but took big steps forward in the second half of the year.
"We think he's got some upside, some untapped potential," Flames director of amateur scouting Tod Button assessed. "He's a big kid, he's strong, captained the under-18 team in the Under-18 World Championship, he played on (Slovakia's) World Junior Championship team as a 17-year-old.
"In Sarnia, he had a really good coach in Derian Hatcher. We think there's a lot of ceiling there to continue to improve and be more consistent with his play as far as getting involved in the games offensively. He's a very conscientious player defensively but we think he's got more ability to do more offensively."
Here are snippets of what independent scouting agencies had to say about Ruzicka: