I’d say right now, if you’re crystal balling it, we’ll be picking at six. But we’ve got some time before the draft so we’ll see how that flows. - Brad Treliving
BUFFALO, NY -- With the NHL Draft 24 hours away, rumors are swirling about movement in the first round.
Will the Columbus Blue Jackets deal the third overall pick? Are the Edmonton Oilers willing to put the fourth overall selection on the market? How about teams moving down -- would any organization move further back in the draft in exchange for picks or immediate help in the form of a player?
There is no doubt general managers have been discussing a plethora of options but how everything shakes down when all 30 teams converge on the First Niagara Center on Friday night remains to be seen.
"There’s always the opportunity," was general manager Brad Treliving's response when asked if the Flames would be willing to pull the trigger on a deal to move up or down in the draft.
"I’d say right now, if you’re crystal balling it, we’ll be picking at six. But we’ve got some time before the draft so we’ll see how that flows."
If there is going to movement with high picks involved, though, it could very well be a last-minute trade on the draft floor.
"You’re getting closer to a deadline, if you would," Treliving noted. "A lot of the things you talk about, you’re talking about now-currency, which is the picks coming up. The closer you get to the bell going off, the more real it becomes. It brings things to closure a little bit more. We’ll see.
"Separating fact from fiction is always a tough job. I think as you get closer to tomorrow night, things start to reach a peak."
If teams drafting ahead of them do end up making trades for their first round picks, the Flames scouting staff and hockey operations crew has mapped out a variety of options for themselves. All situations have been covered to ensure they aren't caught flat-footed on the draft floor.
"You do your best-guess scenario. You model out different scenarios," Treliving explained. "When you’re at six, there’s not a lot of waiting – there’s only five before you. You have a pretty good idea of higher up in the draft, how that might flow. So if you stay at six, it’s just like anything else – there’s five guys going to go before you. You can take a guess at who they are and puts a group of players that are going to be there at six.
"We’ll be prepared. We’ll be prepared regardless of what takes place above us."
The first round of the NHL Draft takes place tomorrow at 5:00 PM MT. Watch it on Sportsnet and make sure to check out CalgaryFlames.com, the Flames app, and all of our social media channels for exclusive behind-the-scenes content!