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NHL DRAFT DAY - READY FOR ROUND ONE

Brad Treliving and the Flames scouting staff are feeling comfortable heading into this evening's draft

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

It's draft day!

The Flames currently hold the 16th overall pick in the first round, a spot Brad Treliving sees as having great potential to land a high-end player despite rumblings about this year's set of prospects not having the glitz and glamour of past drafts.

"The idea that this is a bad draft ... we've referred to it as a tighter draft. There's less gaps between players.

"I think it gets compared to what has happened in recent memory, especially at the top of the draft," he added, referencing draft classes led by the likes of Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews, and Patrik Laine. "But there are really good players - really good players.

"We're at 16, we're really confident we're going to get a really good player there.

"The one thing I would say - and you say it every year at this time and then you're proven wrong in October - the amount of the players that I think are ready to step in ... and that's not a deciding factor in why you pick or don't pick a player, we've seen a handful of guys each year step in ... I think that's going to be a shorter list. 

"This year you get probably for the first two, three maybe. I think there's a little bit longer runway guys here."

With the parity in the draft class, there are quite a few players who are expected to fall in between the 10-25 picks. Going off of NHL Central Scouting's final rankings, here are players who could be available at 16 this evening: Martin Necas (center, Brno), Michael Rasmussen (center, Tri-City), Eeli Tolvanen (right wing, Sioux City), Callan Foote (defence, Kelowna), Kristian Vesalainen (left wing/right wing, Frolunda), Lias Andersson (center, HV71), Ryan Poehling (center, St. Cloud State), Klim Kostin (left wing/center, Moscow Dynamo), Kailer Yamamoto (right wing, Spokane), Nick Suzuki (center, Owen Sound), Nicolas Hague (defence, Mississauga).

Last year, the Flames landed winger Matthew Tkachuk with their first round pick - a selection that has already paid off handsomely. Making the roster out of training camp, the fiery forward 13 goals and 48 points in 76 games and established himself as a fan favourite at just 18 years of age.

Check out some exclusive photos from last year's first round in Buffalo:

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