CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames have the 15th overall selection at the 2015 NHL Draft and hold six picks in the first three rounds.
For playoff teams that didn't participate in the Draft Lottery, the selection order for clubs eliminated in the first two rounds of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs is inverse of regular season points -- starting at selection number 15. The Flames had 97 points in the 2014-15 campaign -- the lowest total amongst all playoff teams -- giving them the 15th overall selection.
In addition to having their own second round (45th overall) and third round (76th overall) selections, the Flames have amassed two extra picks in the second round and one extra pick in the third round.
Calgary received a second round pick (52nd overall) and third round pick (83rd overall) from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Curtis Glencross and acquired a second round pick (53rd overall) from the Vancouver Canucks for Sven Baertschi.
The Flames also have their fifth round (136th overall), sixth round (166th overall), and seventh round (196th overall) picks.
They do not have a pick in the fourth round as a result of the trade with the San Jose Sharks for TJ Galiardi on July 2, 2013.
On more than one occasion, general manager Brad Treliving has stated that the Flames are still very much in a development stage and are not at all interested in swapping young players or picks to add one or two veterans to help, "get that one last little push over the cliff."
He and the Flames organization are focused on building around their young core and the draft is best place to do so.
"I think we are well-positioned in the draft for two things," he said in his season-end press conference. "Not only making picks, but those picks are capital at the draft, whether you move picks for players. Those are all things you look at. It was a part of our plan this year to make sure that we had extra picks.
"As you go through that process, you need extra picks. You can’t be taking four or five players a year. You need those extra seconds, they are extra swings at the plate. When you look at the draft, we feel it has a chance to be a special draft, so we are ecstatic to have extra picks."