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2021 RAM DRAFT RUNDOWN

Flames' draft haul includes five forwards, two defenceman and one goaltender

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com
ROUND PICK PLAYER POS AMATEUR CLUB
1 13 MATT CORONATO RW CHICAGO (USHL)
2 45 WILLIAM STROMGREN LW ROGLE (SWE-JR)
3 77 COLE HUCKINS C ACADIE-BATHURST (QMJHL)
3 89 CAMERON WHYNOT D HALIFAX (QMJHL)
5 141 COLE JORDAN D MOOSE JAW (WHL)
6 168 JACK BECK RW OTTAWA (OHL)
6 173 LUCAS CIONA LW SEATTLE (WHL)
7 205 ARSENII SERGEEV G SHREVEPORT (NAHL)

 

 

Video: "The staff is real excited about it"

 

Flames GM Brad Treliving on the Draft: "The staff is real excited about it. There are players that we were hoping that we would be in a position to pick, and we targeted. Especially today, it was so unpredictable with how things were going to go. ... All in all, the group is happy.

"The reality is now you wait.

"Everybody's happy on draft day, so we'll wait a period time to go through the development process and they'll start their process to become NHL players. There are a lot of long runway players. There are a lot of long-runway guys here, so time will tell. But the staff feels good about the last two days.

 

Video: Scouting director breaks down the team's draft picks

 

 

DAY 1 (ROUND 1)

 

1ST ROUND, 13TH OVERALL - MATT CORONATO (CHICAGO STEEL, USHL)

Right Wing
Born: November, 14, 2002
Height 5.10 -- Weight 183 lbs. -- Shoots R

 

 

PLAYER PROFILE

  • Named USHL Forward of the Year in 2020-21 after leading the league with 48 goals and eight game-winning goals (48-37-85 in 51 GP)

  • Coronato was named to the USHL First All-Star Team 2020-21. He also led the league in power-play goals (19), short-handed goals (tied; 4) and plus-minus (+37).

  • Set a USHL record for longest all-time point streak with a 28-game run spread over two seasons from Feb. 14, 2019 to Jan. 16, 2021 (24-30-54 in 28 GP)

  • Led all USHL skaters in postseason points in 2020-21 with 9-4-13 in eight games to help lift the Chicago Steel to a Clark Cup championship

  • Named to USHL Second All-Rookie team in 2019-20 after ranking fourth among first-year skaters with 18-22-40 in 45 GP

 

Scouting Report: An excellent skater with good speed and quickness who is ultra-fast in tight spots. Elusive with the puck and can finish both off the rush and from in close. A smart puck mover who plays a solid two-way game. Shows consistent high-end compete level.

Current Player Comparable: Brayden Point

 

Video: USHL forward Matt Coronato drafted with 13th pick

 

Director of Amateur Scouting Tod Button's Take: "I think this is a case where the need intersected with the talent level. Right shot, skilled forward, right wing that's played a little centre. He's a hungry, go-get-the-puck guy that can score from different areas. He moves the puck really well while he's skating and on the move. He's not just a goal-scorer - he does a lot and he's got a real good work ethic and competitive edge to get to the net and create. ... He's strong on the stick and he's got a goal-scorer's touch."

General Manager Brad Treliving's Take: "People will talk about his goal-scoring - and I think he's up there in terms of one of the pure goal-scorers in the draft - but it's how he scores his goals. He scores in a variety of ways. But the constant is the motor he has, the ability to go into hard areas and out-will people to create chances for himself and his teammates. He's highly competitive, highly intelligent. Excellent shot. Excellent release. He's a hard-working kid that's driven to succeed. We really like the player and we're excited to select him."

 

READ: 'DREAM COME TRUE' | WATCH: 1-ON-1 WITH CORONATO

 

DAY 2 (ROUNDS 2-7)

 

2ND ROUND, 45TH OVERALL - WILLIAM STROMGREN (ROGLE, SWE-JR)

Left Wing
Born: June 7, 2003
Height 6.03 -- Weight 175 lbs. -- Shoots L

 

 

PLAYER PROFILE

  • Played 38 games in men's leagues during the 2020-21 season including 27 with MODO in Sweden's second division (3-6-9) and averaging just over a point per game for Ornskoldsvik in the third division (1-11-12 in 11 GP)

  • Stromgren's nine points for MODO in 2020-21 where the highest total of any under-18 player in Sweden's second division that season

  • Also appeared in 14 games for MODO's junior team in 2020-21 where he led his team with 10-8-18 in 14 GP

  • Helped Team Sweden earn a bronze medal at the 2021 Under-18 World Championship while producing 2-3-5 in 7 GP

 

Scouting Report: A competitive, two-way wing with fine puck-skills and vision. At his best when he has the puck on his stick. A good feel for the game with above average skating, speed and overall skills. Sees the ice well.

Current Player Comparable: Kyle Connor

Director of Amateur Scouting Tod Button's Take: "When we talk about the draft this year and the pandemic and how hard it was, he's a guy we were able to track early and watch his progression. He comes from a small town and he wasn't experienced at higher levels of hockey, so we watched that progress this year in person. So, he goes from a small town, MODO in a lower league, and then at the end of the year, he's playing with his peers at the Under-18s in Dallas, Texas. That was pretty neat to watch.

"He's got a lot of raw ability, so we've got to get him the necessary experiences where he can learn when to use his skill. I know he's a dynamic personality and wants to use his skill all the time. He just has to learn, through experience and playing at higher levels, that you can't beat guys one-on-two all the time. But he's got reach, he's got vision, he's a really good skater who has quick feet. You've just got to gain experience and go through the necessary physical development.

"We're really excited about getting a guy with his talent in the second round."

 

READ: 'CAN'T WAIT TO GET TO CALGARY' | WATCH: 1-ON-1 WITH STROMGREN

 

 

3RD ROUND, 77TH OVERALL - COLE HUCKINS (ACADIE-BATHURST, QMJHL)

Centre
Born: May 14, 2003
Height 6.03 -- Weight 200 lbs. -- Shoots L

 

 

PLAYER PROFILE

  • Recorded 14-18-32 in 33 GP with the QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst in 2020-21. He added 0-5-5 in nine postseason contests.

  • Recorded seven multi-point games in 33 appearances during the 2020-21 season including a pair of four-point outings

  • Ranked 12th among QMJHL rookies in 2019-20 with 13-25-38 in 64 GP

  • His uncle, Jim Malone, was a first-round pick by the Rangers in the 1980 NHL Draft (14th overall) and his uncle, Greg Malone, was a second-round pick by the Penguins in 1976 (19th overall) who appeared in 704 regular-season games with the Penguins, Whalers and Nordiques. His cousin, Ryan Malone, was a fourth-round pick by the Penguins in 1999 (115th overall) who skated in 647 regular-season games with the Penguins, Lightning and Rangers while his other cousin, Brad Malone, was a fourth-round pick by the Avalanche in 2007 (105th overall) who has appeared in 199 regular-season games with the Avalanche, Hurricanes and Oilers and in 2020-21 served as captain of the AHL's Bakersfield Condors.

 

    Scouting Report: A forward with good size and strength that can play both center and on the wing. Excellent puck movement with the ability to make plays in tight. Has good vision to find open teammates while also possessing good scoring ability with a quick, accurate wrist shot. Good net front presence on the power play. A versatile player who can contribute in many ways.

    Current Player Comparable: Lars Eller

    Director of Amateur Scouting Tod Button's Take: "This is the area in the draft where we really started to rely on area scouts and guys with a lot of high viewings. Cole was a high pick in the Quebec Major Junior League. Our two main Quebec guys, Fred Parker and Patrick Lachance, saw him a lot. Fred knows him from when he was younger and Patrick saw him a lot.

    "He's a big, rangy left wing. He's got work to do on his mobility, but he can skate in straight lines, he's got really good reach, he's really good at protecting pucks. We see him as a left wing, but we know he's played a little bit of centre, and he's got a mean streak. He can complement skill players by going to the net, creating space, and then finishing around the net."

     

    READ: 'SOMETHING I'LL CHERISH' | WATCH: 1-ON-1 WITH HUCKINS

     

     

    3RD ROUND, 89TH OVERALL - CAMERON WHYNOT (HALIFAX, QMJHL)

    Defence
    Born: May 5, 2003
    Height 6.01 -- Weight 180 lbs. -- Shoots L

     

     

    PLAYER PROFILE

    • Ranked 16th among all QMJHL defensemen with 6-17-23 in 34 GP with Halifax

    • Matched the Halifax Mooseheads franchise record for most assists in a game by a blueliner

    • on March 11, 2021 (0-4-4)

    • Skated for Canada Black at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (0-1-1 in 5 GP)

    • Named top defenseman in Nova Scotia Under-18 Minor Hockey in 2018-19 after averaging over a point per game with the Valley Wildcats (13-27-40 in 35 GP)

     

    Scouting Report: A smooth-skating defenceman that looks to lead and join the rush to generate offense. Quick to transition the play from defense to offense. Poised and elusive with the puck under pressure. Possesses a good point shot and finds the right shooting lanes. Defends with a purpose to eliminate time and space from opponents.

    Current Player Comparable: Josh Morrissey

    Director of Amateur Scouting Tod Button's Take: "What I would call a 'today'-type defenceman. He's mobile, he moves pucks, he can carry the puck up the ice. He's another kid that is physically a bit underdeveloped. So, he's got to put some weight on and some strength, which is going to help his defending game. He's a pretty good defender as far as (containment), but when he needs to be assertive and be more physical, that's the part that he's going to develop as he adds more strength and develops physically."

     

    READ: WHYNOT BREAKING NEW GROUND | WATCH: 1-ON-1 WITH WHYNOT

     

    5TH ROUND, 141ST OVERALL - COLE JORDAN (MOOSE JAW, WHL)

    Defence
    Born: September 21, 2002
    Height 6.00 -- Weight 173 lbs. -- Shoots L

     

     

    Director of Amateur Scouting Tod Button's Take: "The WHL played 24 games, so our Western League scouts were on Cole Jordan and those bubbles as soon as they could in Canada. Darren Kruger loved this kid, watched him a lot in Moose Jaw. He said even though he's a late birthday, he's really come (along) since his 16-year-old year. He's a really good skater, a first pass more than a defender type. Krugs doesnt think he's going to run the powerplay anytime soon, but he thinks he's got some potential to improve his defensive game and add a little bit more in the offensive zone."

     

    WATCH: 1-ON-1 WITH JORDAN

     

     

    6TH ROUND, 168TH OVERALL - JACK BECK (OTTAWA, OHL)

    Right Wing
    Born: April 12, 2003
    Height 5.11 -- Weight 162 lbs. -- Shoots L

     

     

    Director of Amateur Scouting Tod Button's Take: "Before the draft started, I talked a lot about trying to find guys that people didn't know, or your area scouts knew a lot of. (Jack Beck) fits the bill.

    "He didn't play any games this year. He did a lot of training and has grown a bit. We have him as a winger/centre. He's pretty versatile. ... He's a scrappy kid, more of a playmaking slash vision-type guy. We think we got a real good one here even though we didn't see him play."

     

    WATCH: 1-ON-1 WITH JACK BECK

     

     

    6TH ROUND, 173RD OVERALL - LUCAS CIONA (SEATTLE, WHL)

    Left Wing
    Born: January 8, 2003
    Height 6.03 -- Weight 210 lbs. -- Shoots L

     

     

    Director of Amateur Scouting Tod Button's Take: "Big, powerful winger. Again, underrated physical skill. He's not going to beat guys off the rush that much, but what he is going to do is get to the net and create space for the skill guys and get some pucks in the net from in and around the hard areas. You watch the playoffs, you see those guys have lots of success. They create room for smaller guys and he's got enough ability to score when it matters and into the trench areas."

     

    WATCH: 1-ON-1 WITH LUCAS CIONA

     

     

    7TH ROUND, 205TH OVERALL - ARSENII SERGEEV (SHREVEPORT, NAHL)

    Goaltender
    Born: December 16, 2002
    Height 6.03 -- Weight 192 lbs. -- Catches L

     

     

    Director of Amateur Scouting Tod Button's Take: "We heard about him, we watched him on a lot of tape. When we were at the Under-18s in Texas, Shreveport actually played a game on the road in Texas. We had (Stockton Goalie Coach) Thomas Speer there to watch him live. He went to the final in the North American League; (Flames Director of Goaltending) Jordan Sigalet then followed with him and watched a lot of video on him.

    "He's a little raw, but he's got another year where he's going to go play in Tri-City in the USHL next year, and then he's going to U-Conn. To get a guy like this in the pipeline, and then see where he's at in three or four years, we think we've done that.

    "We've got Dustin Wolf and (Daniil) Chechelev, who we drafted last year - so we think we've got some guys that are going to pop at different times. ... The goalie guys made this pick and really liked the potential and path that he was going to take."

     

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