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Flashback Friday: 2011 NHL Draft

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames had five selections in the 2011 NHL Draft and while it's still very early in their careers, the players selected have done quite well for themselves.

Four of the five players drafted that year remain in the Flames organization and they all will have a shot at securing a roster spot in Calgary in the fall.

In the inaugural edition of Flashback Friday, reviews each prospect's career path since being drafted by the Flames.



Sven Baertschi, hailing from Bern, Switzerland, was selected 13th overall in 2011. The winger had spent his draft-eligible season in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks and wowed scouts with his offensive prowess. He registered 34 goals and 85 points in 66 regular season games with the Winterhawks and was second only to Ryan Johansen in team scoring that year.

He was assigned to Portland in the 2011-12 season, where he continued to rack up the points, but when the Flames were riddled with injuries in the second half the season, they were forced to make an emergency recall. Baertschi was able to make his NHL debut due to the maladies in Calgary and he scored three goals in his five-game cup of coffee in the NHL.

Baertschi made the jump to the pro ranks in the 2012-13 season. Due to the work stoppage that year, he began the season in the AHL with the Abbotsford Heat. When the NHL resumed in January, he headed to Calgary and played 20 games in Flames silks, scoring three goals and 10 points.

In 2013-14, Baertschi began the season in Calgary, playing in 26 games, before being assigned to Abbotsford for the remainder of the season. At the end of the year, he was named to Switzerland's World Championship roster but an upper body injury ended his tournament after just one game.



The Flames acquired the New York Rangers second round pick in the Tim Erixon trade on June 1, 2011 and selected Markus Granlund 45th overall. The Finn spent the majority of his draft-eligible year with HIFK's junior team, scoring 20 goals and 52 points in 40 games.

Granlund choose to remain in Finland for the 2011–12 season, joining HIFK's senior team full-time. He scored 15 goals and 34 points in 47 games that year and had the opportunity to play on the same line as his brother Mikael, a Minnesota Wild draft pick.

The Oulu, FIN native played for HIFK once again in 2012-13, suiting up for 50 games. His 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) was second amongst all HIFK skaters that season and he averaged just under a point-per-game in the postseason.

The Flames signed the forward to a three-year entry-level deal on Apr. 19, 2013 and he made the decision to move to North America for the 2013-14 season. He adjusted quickly to the pace of the game and became an impact player for the Heat. Last season, he notched 25 goals and 46 points in 52 games in the AHL and was able to get into seven games with the Flames.

Granlund suffered a shoulder injury while in Calgary but was able to return to action for the Heat's last two regular season games and the playoffs. In the postseason, he led Abbotsford in scoring with five points in four games.


The 57th overall pick was originally the Washington Capitals but the well-traveled pick ended up with the Flames as a result of the Erixon trade. Calgary selected defenceman Tyler Wotherspoon of the Portland Winterhawks, adding a steady blueliner to their crop of prospects.

The Burnaby, BC product spent the 2011-12 and 2012-13 campaigns with the Winterhawks, helping carry the team to back-to-back WHL Final appearances. Wotherspoon and Portland captured the WHL Championship in 2013 but fell to the Halifax Mooseheads in the 2013 Memorial Cup Final.

Wotherspoon transitioned to the pro ranks in 2013-14 and spent the majority of the season with the Abbotsford Heat. He made his way up the depth chart throughout the year and by the second half of the season, he was playing in a top-four role.

Injuries forced the Flames to recall a defenceman in the late stages of the season and Wotherspoon made his NHL debut on Mar. 7, 2014. He played 14 games with the Flames before a shoulder injury ended his season in early April.

NOTES: The Flames' second round pick went to the Chicago Blackhawks as the result of a trade on Sept. 5, 2009 that sent Toronto's own second-round pick in 2010 back to Toronto in exchange for a third-round pick in 2011 and this pick ... The New York Rangers' second round pick went to the Flames on June 1, 2011 in the trade that sent Tim Erixon and a 2011 fifth round pick to New York in exchange for Roman Horak, Washington's second round pick in 2011 and the 45th overall pick ... The Washington Capitals' second round pick went to the Calgary Flames as a result of the Erixon trade. New York previously acquired the pick as the result of a trade on June 26, 2010 that sent Bobby Sanguinetti to Carolina in exchange for the Hurricane's sixth round pick in 2010 and this pick. Carolina previously acquired the pick as the result of a trade on Mar. 3, 2010 that sent Joe Corvo to Washington in exchange for Brian Pothier, Oskar Osala and this pick.


NOTES: The Flames' third round pick went to the Edmonton Oilers on Mar. 3, 2010 in the trade that sent Steve Staios to Calgary in exchange for defenceman Aaron Johnson and this pick, which was conditional. The condition was that Flames could opt to transfer its own third round pick in 2011 instead of 2010. That condition was converted on June 26, 2010 when Calgary retained their 2010 pick.



With the 104th selection in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Flames selected diminutive winger Johnny Gaudreau out of Dubuque (USHL). In his draft-eligible season, he scored 36 goals and 72 points in 60 games with the Fighting Saints.

The Carneys Point, NJ native ended up going to Boston College for his collegiate career and he was immediately an impact player for long-time head coach Jerry York. In his freshman year, he scored 21 goals and 44 points, which was second only to Chris Kreider in team scoring. Gaudreau was awarded the Bill Flynn Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Hockey East Championship Tournament and helped Boston College capture the NCAA Championship that year.

In 2012-13, Gaudreau improved upon his impressive freshmen totals by accruing 50 points in 35 games. His 1.46 points-per-game average led the nation and he was Hockey East's Player of the Year. He was also named a Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist that year.

He was named to Team USA for the 2013 World Junior Championship and captured gold. He led the team with seven goals and tied for the team lead with nine points. He was also named to the tournament All-Star Team.

The forward's rapid progression continued in 2013-14 when he authored a 80-point season and helped take the Eagles to the Frozen Four. Gaudreau scored 36 goals and 44 assists in just 40 games last year and tied Paul Kariya's Hockey East record when he went on a 31-game point streak. During that spree, he scored 29 goals and 61 points.

Gaudreau captured a multitude of awards in the 2013-14 season, including the Hobey Baker Award. He signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Flames on Apr. 11, 2014. He made his NHL debut in the Flames last regular season game this year, scoring his first NHL goal against the Vancouver Canucks.


NOTES: The Flames' fifth round pick went to the New York Rangers on June 1, 2011 in the Erixon trade.



Laurent Brossoit, drafted 164th overall, was traded to the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 8, 2013. He and Horak were dealt to the Oilers for defenceman Ladislav Smid and goalie Olivier Roy.


NOTES: Calgary's seventh round pick went to the San Jose Sharks as the result of a trade on June 25, 2011 that sent San Jose's fourth round pick in 2011 to the Winnipeg in exchange for Carolina's fifth round pick in 2011 and this pick. Winnipeg had ascertained the pick as the result of a trade on Feb. 28, 2011 that sent forward Fredrik Modin from the Atlanta Thrashers to Calgary in exchange for this pick.

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