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Button patiently waiting for first pick

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- Tod Button is playing the waiting game.

With list in hand ready to go, the Calgary Flames director of amateur scouting is patiently ready for the start of the 2015 NHL Draft.

“It’s very exciting,” Button said. “It’s our Stanley Cup. It’s our two days in the year to put all our work onto the big canvas and see what comes up.

“We’re prepared and ready to go. We’re just sort of waiting for the draft to start. We’ve done all our fine-tuning. We did most of the heavy work in Calgary in May. Now it’s a lot of waiting around and seeing if anything changes with our draft pick.”

The Flames currently own the 15th overall selection in the draft, June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., as part of six picks in the opening three rounds and nine total.

Whether or not that changes, Button ensured his staff is ready for anything.

“Today, we’re just worried about being prepared in case anything changes with our draft picks, a move-up situation, a move-down, getting extra picks,” he said. “We just want to make sure that list is in a real tight order and all the background is done and all the stuff that makes a player…all the information is in so we’re not surprised when it comes down to our turn to pick.”

The Flames are picking outside the top 10 for the first time in three years.

But having a host of picks heading into the two-day event provides plenty of options for general manager Brad Treliving.

Button, too.

“I have to be ready for anything and he’s always picking the scouts’ brains, my brain, for possible situations,” Button said. “What if we move down four picks? What if we move up? Who are the players in that range?

“[Treliving] wants us to be very tight in our boxes in any grouping, any situation where there’s a move-down, move-up, we know which players will be available at that spot or have a good idea because you can’t be with 100 percent certainty. That’s our focus; that’s our mindset, keeping informed and we lay it all out for him as best we can.

“For me, it’s very calm. It’s almost like ‘lets get going’. We’re ready to go now. It’s more of a waiting period. Absolutely with [assistant GM Craig Conroy] and pro scouts and [Treliving] and Brian Burke up there in their suite working the phones and seeing what’s out there, I’m sure it’s a lot more hectic for them than the scouts.”

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