-- It's going to be a busy day for the Calgary Flames.
With the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft slated to kick off tonight (5:00 PM MT, SN), the Flames currently hold the sixth overall selection. Actually making that pick remains to be seen as Brad Treliving has a lot of irons in the fire.
It's no secret Calgary is on the hunt for a starting goaltender and with 10 picks at this year's draft, the Flames are hoping to use some of that currency to help them fill the void in the crease for next season and beyond.
No time the like the present.
"They tell me it's good to have one," quipped Treliving when asked about an update on goaltending. "We're in a bunch of different markets on that so we'll see how it goes.
"To handicap it, we're looking at everything and balancing it.
"We know we're going to have one come October."
While Treliving continues to work the phones for a goaltender acquisition, the Flames first round selection is looming and there are a lot of options for Calgary at number six.
The consensus top three -- Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi -- seem to be destined to go to Toronto, Winnipeg and Columbus respectively, but with Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary making the following three selections, there are still plenty of intriguing choices.
Forward Matthew Tkachuk solidified his spot in the upper echelon with an incredible junior campaign with the London Knights and an even more impressive Memorial Cup title. His teammate Olli Juolevi looks to be a solid all-around blueliner that could be an impact player for years. Pierre-Luc Dubois, a big forward that can score will likely be gone by the time Treliving and company make their way up to the podium at First Niagara Center in Buffalo but you never know. Logan Brown is a hulking forward that would look good in red and gold and the soft hands and high skill of Alexander Nylander wouldn't be a bad choice either.
Moving up or down in the first round is also not out of the question for Calgary, either.
"You do your best guess scenario," Treliving added. "You sort of model out different scenarios. When you're at six there's not a lot of waiting, there's only five before you. You have a pretty good idea of higher in the draft and how that may flow.
"If you stay at six, there's five guys who go before you, you can sort of take a guess who those are and then it puts a group of players that are going to be there at six.
"We'll be prepared regardless of what takes place above us.
"I'd say right now if you're crystal-balling it we'll be picking at six. But we've got some time before the draft so we'll see how that flows."
How it all shakes down is yet to be determined but either way, the Flames will be a different looking team after tonight and much different after Rounds 2-7 are completed tomorrow.
Round 1 - Friday, June 24, 2016 starting at 5:00 PM MT
Rounds 2-7 - Saturday, June 25, 2016 starting at 8:00 AM MT
WHERE TO WATCH
Coverage of Round 1 will be broadcast on Sportsnet starting at 5:00 PM MT (Friday)LIVE STREAM
Friday, June 24
NHL Network Pre and Post Draft Shows:
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM MT: LIVE: NHL Tonight Draft Preview
8:00 PM - 9:0 PM LIVE: NHL Tonight Round 1 Draft Recap
Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25
6/24 5 PM – 9 PM MT LIVE: NHL Draft Round 1, courtesy Sportsnet Radio
6/25 8 AM - 5 PM LIVE: NHL Draft Day 2, courtesy Sportsnet Radio
This will be updated in real time.
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FLAMES DRAFT PICKS
The Flames currently hold 10 selections in the 2016 NHL Draft.
With forward Conner Bleackley re-entering the NHL Draft as a result of not being signed by the Arizona Coyotes, the Flames' final eight picks have been move up a spot. Their initial two picks, sixth and 35th, remain where they were prior to Bleackley not being signed by the Coyotes.
Calgary acquired an additional second round pick from the Florida Panthers on Feb. 27 in a deal that sent forward Jiri Hudler the other way. The Flames also received a fourth round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft.
The Flames acquired a conditional second round pick from the Dallas Stars on Feb. 29 in the trade that sent defenceman Kris Russell to Texas. The pick would have become the Stars' first round selection if Dallas advanced to the 2016 Western Conference Final. They lost to St. Louis in the Western Conference Quarter Final so the pick remains Dallas' second round pick.
The Flames acquired a conditional four round pick from the Nashville Predators on July 1, 2015 in a deal that sent Max Reinhart, originally draft by the Flames in the third round of the 2010 NHL Draft, to Tennessee. The conditions on this pick were not met so Nashville will retain their fourth round selection.
The Flames acquired a sixth round pick, with goaltender Niklas Backstrom, from the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 29, 2016 in exchange for forward David Jones.
The Flames dealt their 2016 seventh round selection when they acquired Freddie Hamilton from the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 4, 2015 but the conditions on this pick were not met so Calgary will retain their seventh round selection.
All other remaining selections have been retained by the Flames.
FLAMES 2016 DRAFT SELECTIONS
|Overall || |
pick Belongs To
|1 ||6 || || CALGARY'S 1ST ROUND SELECTION |
|2 ||35 || || CALGARY'S 2ND ROUND SELECTION |
|54 || || |
ACQUIRED FROM FLORIDA FOR JIRI HUDLER ON FEB. 27, 2016
|2 ||56 || || *ACQUIRED FROM DALLAS FOR KRIS RUSSELL ON FEB. 29, 2016 |
|66 || || CALGARY'S 3RD ROUND SELECTION |
|96 || || CALGARY'S 4TH ROUND SELECTION |
| || ||The conditions on this pick - included in the max reinhart trade with nashville - were not met. nashville retains the pick. |
|126 || || CALGARY'S 5TH ROUND SELECTION |
|156 || || CALGARY'S 6TH ROUND SELECTION |
|166 || ||Acquired from minnesota for david jones on feb. 29, 2016 |
|186 || ||The conditions on this pick - included in the freddie hamilton trade with colorado - were not met. calgary retains the pick. |
TOTAL FLAMES PICKS = 10