The Calgary Flames drafted Swedish centre Mikael Backlund
with the 24th pick overall in the NHL Entry Draft on Friday. On Saturday they drafted defencemen John Negrin and Keith Aulie from the WHL, centre Mickey Renaud from the OHL and C.J. Severyn from the United States Development Program. Mikael Backlund
from Vasteras, Sweden is listed by NHL Central Scouting as a smart centre with excellent speed…soft hands and a high-end passing ability…sees the ice well and has good hockey sense...has a strong shot and a nose for the net.
Calgary's 70th overall pick, John Negrin likes to pattern his game after hockey hero Scott Niedermayer.
NHL Central Scouting lists the native of Vancouver, BC as a skilled defenceman with good mobility...Is able to contain one-on-one and anticipates the play well defensively...uses his speed to join the rush and makes good pinches...needs to be more consistent with the accuracy of his outlet passes...needs to improve his effectiveness on the penalty kill.
Next up was defenceman Keith Aulie, drafted 116th overall by the Flames in Saturday's fourth round. NHL Central Scouting ranked the native of Regina, Sask 108 among North American skaters.
The Flames also drafted centre Mickey Renaud from the Windsor Spitfires (OHL) with the 143rd pick and C.J. Servryn, a forward from Beaver, Penn., who is with the US development program with the 186th pick.
Renaud is a hard-nosed centre who plays for former Flame defenceman Bob Boughner in Windsor.
"I'm a pretty competitive guy. I give you an honest effort every game," said Renaud, a 6'2" 217-pound centre. "It's great having Bob as a coach because he has been there. He knows what he is talking about and it has really helped me."
He had 54 points, including 22 goals, in 68 games with the Spitfires.
Severyn, playing with the U.S. National Under 18 Program, had six goals and 16 points in 48 games. The 6' 185-pound Severyn also added 50 penalty minutes. He is slated to attend Ohio State University to further his hockey development.
Four Calgary Hitmen were also selected in the Entry Draft, including Karl Alzner, who was taken fifth overall by the Washington Capitals and Alex Plante, who was drafted 15th overall by the Edmonton Oilers.
Alzner and Plante were joined my teammates Brett Sonne and Carson McMillan who were drafted Saturday.
Sonne was taken by the St. Louis Blues in the third round (85th overall), while McMillan was selected by the Minnesota Wild (200th) overall.