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Flashback Friday: 2013 NHL Draft

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames




With the sixth overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Flames landed Ottawa 67's pivot Sean Monahan. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound forward was coming off an impressive 2012-13 season in which he notched 31 goals and 78 points in 58 games and was ranked fifth amongst North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

After an impressive development camp, the Flames signed Monahan to a three-year entry-level deal on July 22.

He continued his strong play through the 2013 Young Stars Classic and into the preseason, and it appeared that he had what it took to stick in Calgary. After seeing him in action through 10 regular season games, the Flames opted to keep Monahan in the NHL rather than return him to the OHL.

The move paid off as Monahan was the Flames fifth-leading scorer, with 22 goals and 34 points to his name in his rookie season. He was seventh amongst all league rookies in scoring and fourth amongst all rookies in goals scored.



With their second pick in the first round, the Flames nabbed Gatineau Olympiques sniper Emile Poirier. The Montreal, QC product potted 32 goals and 70 points in the 2012-13 season, which led the Olympiques in scoring. He was ranked 39th amongst North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in their final set of rankings last summer.

In his third, and perhaps final, season in the QMHL, Poirier built off those impressive totals by scoring 43 goals and 87 points in 63 regular season games and amassed 10 points in nine postseason outings.

When the Olympiques were eliminated from the playoffs this spring, the Flames assigned Poirier to the Abbotsford Heat to get his first taste of the pro game. The winger didn't miss a beat in the AHL, scoring two goals and four points in two regular season games and was able to suit up for three playoff games with the Heat.

Thanks to his 1994 birth date, he is eligible to play in the AHL next season.

The Flames signed Poirier to a three-year entry-level deal on Dec. 31, 2013.

The Flames acquired this pick in the Apr. 1, 2013 deal that sent Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Mark Cundari, Reto Berra, and this pick. The pick was conditional at the time of the trade and converted on Apr. 23, 2013 when the Blues qualified for the playoffs.



The Flames went with some hometown talent with their third pick in the first round, drafting Regina Pats forward Morgan Klimchuk. The Calgary, AB native averaged over a point-per-game in his draft-eligible season, rattling off 76 points (36 goals, 40 assists) in 72 regular season games in 2012-13. He was NHL Central Scouting's 25th-ranked North American skater heading into the 2013 NHL Draft.

Limited to 57 games in the 2013-14 campaign, Klimchuk still managed to put together a 30-goal, 74-point season and averaged over a point-per-game in the playoffs. He was assigned to the Abbotsford Heat when the Pats were eliminated from the WHL Playoffs, suiting up for four games.

The Flames signed him to a three-year entry-level deal on Dec. 17, 2013.

This pick was acquired in the Mar. 27, 2013 trade that sent Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Kenny Agostino, forward Ben Hanowski, and this pick.



The Flames' second round pick was included in the Jan. 12, 2012 trade with Montreal that sent Mike Cammalleri, Karri Ramo's rights and the Canadiens' fifth round pick in 2012 to Calgary in exchange for Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and this pick.

The Habs used the pick to draft Halifax Mooseheads goalie Zachary Fucale.




The Flames added size and strength to their prospect pool by drafting Victoria Royals defenceman Keegan Kanzig in the third round. The Athabasca, AB native is 6-foot-6 and 240-pounds and was ranked first in International Scouting Services' Tough As Nails category in their 2013 Draft Guide.

The 2013-14 season was a banner year for Kanzig as he solidified himself as one of the Royals leaders and set new offensive career-highs. After Victoria was eliminated from the playoffs, the Flames assigned the rearguard to the Abbotsford Heat. He didn't get into any games during his time in Abbotsford but trained with the black aces to get accustomed to the pro game.

The Flames signed Kanzig to a three-year entry-level deal on Dec. 13, 2013.



The Flames' fourth round selection was sent to the Florida Panthers in the trade that saw Corban Knight's rights dealt to the Flames on June 18, 2013.

The Panthers used the pick to draft defenceman Michael Downing from the Dubuque Fighting Saints.



Calgary's fifth round pick went to the Winnipeg Jets in the June 30, 2013 trade that sent Chicago’s second round pick in 2013 (61st overall) to Washington in exchange for a third and fourth round pick in 2013 (84th and 114th overall) and this pick.

Washington previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on June 27, 2012 that sent Dennis Wideman to Calgary in exchange for Jordan Henry and this pick.

The Jets ended up using the pick to select defenceman Tucker Poolman from the Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL).



The Flames added another defenceman to their prospect pool in the fifth round, drafting Eric Roy from the Brandon Wheat Kings. The lanky blueliner put together a 17-goal, 39-point season in 2012-13 and was the Wheaties fourth-leading scorer.

The Flames assigned Roy to Brandon for the 2013-14 season and he made great strides when it came to play in the defensive zone. The Meadow Lake, SK native also posted a career-high 44 points in 66 regular season and chipped in with three points in eight playoff games.

He joined Poirier and Kanzig in Abbotsford when the Wheaties season came to a close.




After a solid season at Dexter high school, Tim Harrison heard his name called in the sixth round. Harrison picked up 24 goals and 51 points in 28 games in his senior season at Dexter and ended up choosing to go the collegiate route, committing to Colgate University.

In his freshman season, Harrison picked up five assists in 34 games. He is expected to head back to Colgate for his sophomore season in 2014-15.




The Flames closed out their 2013 NHL Draft by selecting defenceman Rushan Rafikov with the 187th pick. The blueliner is the first Russian drafted by Calgary since Yuri Artemenkov and Viktor Bobrov in 2002 and while he spent the 2013-14 season in the MHL, he told he is considering coming to North America and playing in the CHL next year: "[The Flames] expect me next season and have invited me to the camp. I’m very happy and would be happy to come over to play junior."

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