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Flashback Friday: 2012 NHL Draft

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames




The Flames originally held the 14th overall selection at the 2012 NHL Draft but traded the pick to the Buffalo Sabres for the 21st overall pick and a second round (42nd overall) selection on June 22, 2012. The Sabres selected Zemgus Girgensons out of Dubuque in the USHL with the 14th overall selection.

The 21st overall pick was originally the Nashville Predators but they had dealt the pick to the Sabres in the trade that sent Paul Gaustaud and Buffalo's fourth round pick to the Predators in exchange for this pick.

The Flames selected Stanstead College centre Mark Jankowski with the 21st overall pick, making him the highest-ever draft pick out of a Canadian high school. In the 2011-12 season, Jankowski posted 53 goals and and 93 points through 57 games.

His original plan was to spend the 2012-13 season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints but opted to go directly to Providence College after seeing how he fared at the Flames development camp that summer.

As one of the youngest players in the NCAA in 2012-13, Jankowski registered seven goals and 18 points. He followed that up with a 13-goal, 25-point sophomore campaign in the 2013-14 campaign, which was good for third in team scoring.

Jankowski will return to Providence in the fall for his junior season.




With the second round pick they acquired from Buffalo in their first round trade, the Flames drafted rugged blueliner Patrick Sieloff out of the U.S. National Development Team. In addition to suiting up for 60 games that year, he also won a gold medal with the USA at the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship.

Sieloff went the OHL route in the 2012-13 season, playing 45 games with the Windsor Spitfires before a hip injury ended his season in February. The Ann Arbor, MI native also played at the 2013 World Junior Championship roster that season, winning gold with the USA and fellow Flames prospects Johnny Gaudreau and Jon Gillies.

Calgary liked what they saw from Sieloff that year and signed him to a three-year entry-level deal on July 19, 2013.

After a very strong performance in training camp in the fall of 2013, the Flames decided Sieloff was ready to turn pro but his season was derailed just two games into the year. He suffered a serious staph infection which rendered him immobile for a month and wiped out almost his entire 2013-14 season.

Sieloff recently announced on Twitter that after 36 weeks, his staph testing was complete and he's feeling great. He will begin his quest for a roster spot in Calgary this July when he comes in for development camp.


The Flames own pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of a trade on June 25, 2011, that saw defenceman Chris Butler and forward Paul Byron head to Calgary in exchange for defenceman Robyn Regehr, forward Ales Kotalik and this pick.

The Sabres used this pick to draft rearguard Jake McCabe out of the University of Wisconsin.




The Flames added a goaltender to their crop of prospects in the third round, drafting Jon Gillies from the Indiana Ice of the USHL. In the 2011-12 season, he led the league in wins (31), games played (53) and saves made (1478). His GAA sat at 2.77 and he had a .915 save percentage.

Originally slated to attend Northeastern University, Gillies de-committed from the Huskies after starter Chris Rawlings decided to return for his senior year. Gillies chose to go Providence College to play under Nate Leaman and grabbed the reins as the Friars starter from Day 1.

Gillies put together a 17-12-6 record in 2012-13 and he won a multitude of awards in his freshman season, including being named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year and College Hockey News' Rookie of the Year. He was also a part of the USA team that won gold at the 2013 World Junior Championships.

The South Portland, ME product followed up his strong rookie season with a 19-9-5 sophomore record, a 2.16 GAA, and a .931 save percentage. He was the Americans starting goaltender at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Gillies will return to Providence in 2014-15 for his junior season.




The Flames nabbed their second defenceman in the draft in the fourth round, selecting Vancouver Giants' Brett Kulak 105th overall. In his draft-eligible season, Kulak registered nine goals and 24 points and was a plus-28 in the regular season. He added another four assists in six postseason dates.

In his second WHL season, the rearguard rattled off 12 goals and 44 points. After the Giants season came to a close in 2012-13, Kulak made his pro debut with the Abbotsford Heat, getting into four games.

Kulak improved upon his offensive totals in 2013-14, notching 14 goals and 60 points through 69 games. When the Giants were knocked out of the playoffs, the Stony Plain, AB native headed to Abbotsford to join the Heat. He made it into six regular season games, scoring his first pro goal during that stint, and suited up for four playoff games with the Heat.

The Flames signed Kulak to a three-year entry-level deal on Mar. 18, 2014.




The Flames acquired the 124th overall pick in the Jan. 12, 2012 trade with the Montreal Canadians that sent René Bourque, Patrick Holland, and the Flames 2013 second round pick to Montreal in exchange for Mike Cammalleri, Karri Ramo's rights, and this pick.

Calgary used the pick to draft defenceman Ryan Culkin from the Quebec Remparts. The two-way blueliner accrued six goals and 25 points in his draft-eligible season and suited up for 10 postseason dates with the Remparts that year.

In 2012-13, Culkin upped his points total to 45 and was a plus-28 on the year. He scored two goals and six points in 11 playoff games that year as well.

He capped off his QMJHL career between two teams as he was traded to the Drummondville Voltigeurs mid-way through the 2013-14 campaign. Culkin ended up with eight goals and 50 points to his name in the regular season and suited up for 11 playoff games with the Voltigeurs.

The Flames signed Culkin to a three-year entry-level contract on Mar. 27, 2014.


The Flames' fifth round pick was traded to the New Jersey Devils for forward Pierre-Luc Létourneau-Leblond on July 14, 2011.

The Devils drafted forward Graham Black from the Swift Current Broncos with this pick.




Calgary went with a WHL product in the sixth round, grabbing winger Coda Gordon from the Swift Current Broncos. In his draft-eligible season, Gordon scored 30 goals and 53 points in 66 games.

In 2012-13, the Cochrane, AB product potted 17 goals and 59 points, making him the second-leading scorer for the Broncos that year. He followed that up with a 26-goal, 71-point campaign in 2013-14.

On June 1, the Flames announced they had chosen not to extend a contract offer to Gordon. He will re-enter the NHL Draft this summer.




The Flames acquired this pick in the July 27, 2009 trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs that sent Wayne Primeau and Calgary's 2011 second round pick to the Leafs in exchange for Anton Stralman, Colin Stuart, and this pick.

The Flames used the selection to draft forward Matt DeBlouw from the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL. The Chesterfield, MI native turned quite a few heads at the 2012 NHL Combine when he scored in the top 10 in several fitness tests. His personal best came in the Wingate bike test – which measures anaerobic fitness - in which he placed second overall, trailing just behind third overall pick Alex Galchenyuk.

In 2012-13, DeBlouw headed to Michigan State to begin his collegiate career. He scored 10 goals and 21 points in his freshman season and was third in team scoring.

DeBlouw was limited to 23 games in the 2013-14 season and picked up just four assists. He will be back at Michigan State in the fall for his junior year.


The Flames' seventh round pick was traded to Washington Capitals for Keith Seabrook on July 17, 2009.

The Capitals drafted defenceman Christian Djoos from Brynäs J20 with the pick.

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