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Five candidates for the sixth overall pick

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Barring a trade, the Calgary Flames will be selecting sixth overall at the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY.

In no particular order, here are five possible candidates to be selected with that pick:


Birthdate: Dec. 11, 1997

Birthplace: Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Shoots: Left

Height: 6'1

Weight: 194 lbs.

It's safe to say Tkachuk's first season in the OHL was a resounding success. In 57 regular season outings, Keith's son registered 30 goals and 107 points with the London Knights. In the playoffs, he was equally as dominating, helping lead the Knights to a Memorial Cup Championship with 20 goals and 40 points in 18 skates.

Tkachuk plays with an edge and air of nastiness to his game. He isn't shy about mixing it up physically but also has the skill set to put up numbers. He reads plays very well and has above average puck skills. Tkachuk is likely the top power forward available in the 2016 NHL Draft, a highly-coveted position among NHL teams, and if a team is desperately searching for a offensively talented winger who can play a Milan Lucic style of game, they may jump on the chance to nab Tkachuk.


Birthdate: Jun. 24, 1998

Birthplace: Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, QC

Shoots: Left

Height: 6'3

Weight: 201 lbs.

It has been a year of ascension for Dubois. He jumped from seventh in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings to first in Central Scouting final rankings of North American skaters. The big winger from Quebec led the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in scoring this year with 42 goals and 99 points in 62 skates. In the playoffs, he averaged a point-per-game with seven goals and 12 points through two rounds.

Known as a complete player, there isn't much to dislike about Dubois' game. He generates plenty of offence, elevates his linemates' play, is responsible in his own zone, and has a strong hockey IQ. While not overly physical at this point in his development, he boasts a 6-foot-3 frame and weighs in at over 200-pounds, making it feasible for him to establish more of an edge to his game as he evolves as a player.


Birthdate: May 5, 1998

Birthplace: Helsinki, FIN

Shoots: Left

Height: 6'2

Weight: 183 lbs.

After playing in his home country of Finland for the first few years of his junior career, Juolevi opted to come to North America for his draft-eligible season. Selected 45th overall by the London Knights in the 2015 CHL Import Draft, the defenceman scored nine goals and 42 points in his first 57 regular season skates in the OHL. He won gold with Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, picking up nine assists in seven games and being named to the tournament's All-Star team. He also played a big role in the Knight's Memorial Cup Championship win, scoring three goals and 14 points in 18 playoff games.

It's easy to see similarities between Juolevi and his fellow Finn Olli Maatta. Their skating styles resemble one another, they both have been lauded for their hockey sense, and both play a strong two-way game. He brings a calming presence to the ice, making poised, intelligent decisions with and without the puck. With a 6-foot-2 frame, he has room to add more muscle and elevate his physical game.


Birthdate: Mar. 2, 1998

Birthplace: Calgary, AB

Shoots: Right

Height: 6'0

Weight: 176 lbs.

Another Nylander is about to hear his name called at the NHL Draft. Alexander, son of former Flame Michael Nylander and younger brother of Leafs prospect William Nylander, opted to play in North America during his draft-eligible season and it has paid off. He led the Mississauga Steelheads in scoring with 28 goals and 75 points in 57 games, netting the OHL rookie of the year honours, and saw his stock rise steadily throughout the 2015-16 season.

The youngest Nylander is all about offensive creativity and finesse. As his offensive totals in Mississauga show, he has no problem producing thanks to his incredible skill level and speed. He's not a physical player, which is knock for some, but teams eyeing him up wouldn't be searching for a gritty forward but a player with high-end offensive talent. That being said, he will need to put on muscle to aid in his ability to create space at the next level of play and withstand the rigors of professional hockey.


Birthdate: Feb. 3, 1998

Birthplace: Raleigh, NC, USA

Shoots: Left

Height: 6'6

Weight: 218 lbs.

In 59 regular season contests, Brown averaged 1.25 points-per-game with the Windsor Spitfires and was second in team scoring with 21 goals and 74 points. The center, who is the son of former NHLer Jeff Brown, spent most of his childhood in St. Louis and represented the USA at the U18's. In seven games, he amassed three goals and 12 points.

Brown is a big boy. For teams looking to add size to their forward corps, Brown is a top candidate at this year's draft. A big question mark that surrounds players of Brown's size is how well they skate. Bigger guys can have trouble getting around the ice at a quick pace but Brown isn't hindered by his stride. He's fluid on his skates and is faster than one would expect for a player who hovers around the 220-pound mark. He's quite skilled and thanks to his ability to protect the puck with his large frame, he can be nearly impossible to contain by the opposition.

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