You can never give me enough picks. You give me as many picks as you can. I’ll take them. I’ll take them in the seventh round. I’ll take them in the sixth round. It doesn’t matter. - Tod Button
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The more shots Tod Button can let off, the better.
The Calgary Flames director of amateur scouting figures the more picks he’s able to make in the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, the happier he and his staff will be.
“You can never give me enough picks,” Button told CalgaryFlames.com. “You give me as many picks as you can. I’ll take them. I’ll take them in the seventh round. I’ll take them in the sixth round. It doesn’t matter.”
As it stands, Button will have seven picks at his disposal, including five in the first three rounds.
But as he’s well aware, anything can happen.
“We want to make sure that we’re ready for something in case that happens,” he said. “You can’t just dismiss six, seven, eight (overall) all the way on because if (Flames GM) Brad (Treliving) comes to us and says to us, ‘I’ve got the whatever pick’ and you’re not ready for it because you didn’t pay attention to it then that’s bad on us. That’s not good.
“We’re definitely diligent in the whole order but we’ll be excited if he does.”
Button isn’t the only one pining for more picks. Treliving’s assistant GM is hoping to add to Button’s arsenal, too.
“We would like to get more picks,” Craig Conroy said.
How Calgary’s able to accumulate them, though, remains to be seen. With two second round selections and two more in the third, it could simply be a case of sliding down at the fee of adding another.
It’s an option Conroy expects the Flames to entertain when rounds 2-7 take place at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
“As you move along on your list, you have different areas where you like,” Conroy said. “You know what, we like these six guys. Until you get into that area and you get that phone call to move down to pick up an extra pick, if we do have six or seven guys we like, we’ll move down because we know we’ll get one of those guys in there.”
Having the draft split between two days certainly helps those debates.
After a full one-day, seven-round draft in Newark, NJ a year ago, the National Hockey League has reverted back to a split schedule that will see the first round conducted Friday with the balance coming a day later.
“After the first round, we’re going to know exactly where we are,” Conroy said. “If we’re looking for a certain player on the second day, maybe we tweak the list a little bit. ‘Hey, this guy was gone. This guy was gone. Lets start targeting a defenceman’ -- whatever it is.
“We’ll tweak it a bit but for the most once that list is done, it’s done.”
How many players Calgary is able to pull off the list remains to be seen.
Currently, seven are slated to come from it.
But Button would be satisfied with more.
“The more shots we have the better,” he said. “The base will grow.”