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NHL Draft Lottery Preview: Pick #7

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- 25.5 percent.

That's the odds on the Calgary Flames drafting seventh overall at the 2016 NHL Draft.

Because of the new structure to the NHL Draft Lottery, all non-playoff teams have the chance to win one of the top three spots this June.

In addition, teams can now fall back three places if they don't win one of the three lotteries.

For the Flames, who were 26th overall in the 2015-16 regular season standings, to end up picking seventh, two teams that finished ahead of them in standings would win two of the three lotteries.

Today, highlights three players who could be available when that pick rolls around in June.

Olli Juolevi - Defence

Birthdate: May 5, 1998

Birthplace: Helsinki, FIN

Shoots: Left

Height: 6'2

Weight: 183 lbs.

After playing in his home country of Finland for the first few years of his junior career, Juolevi opted to come to North America for his draft-eligible season. Selected 45th overall by the London Knights in the 2015 CHL Import Draft, the defenceman scored nine goals and 42 points in his first 57 regular season skates in the OHL. He won gold with Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, picking up nine assists in seven games and being named to the tournament's All-Star team.

It's easy to see similarities between Juolevi and his fellow Finn Olli Maatta. Their skating styles resemble one another, they both have been lauded for their hockey sense, and both play a strong two-way game. He brings a calming presence to the ice, making poised, intelligent decisions with and without the puck. With a 6-foot-2 frame, he has room to add more muscle and elevate his physical game.

Michael McLeod - Center

Birthdate: Feb. 3, 1998

Birthplace: Mississauga, ON

Shoots: Right

Height: 6'2

Weight: 187 lbs.

In his second season with the Mississauga Steelheads, McLeod saw his offensive totals jump from that of his rookie campaign. In 2015-16, the pivot scored 21 goals and put up 61 points in 57 skates. He also represented Canada at the U18's, netting two goals and four points in seven appearances at the tournament.

An excellent skater, McLeod has a strong stride and is very quick on his feet. He's defensively responsible - a key trait for any center - and is a key figure on the Steelheads penalty kill thanks to his awareness in his own zone. His 21 goals this past season is a decent total but McLeod's real strength is as a set-up man. He has great vision and recognizes where he needs to be on the ice to get his teammates open for a scoring chance.

Logan Brown - Center

Birthdate: Feb. 3, 1998

Birthplace: Raleigh, NC, USA

Shoots: Left

Height: 6'6

Weight: 218 lbs.

In 59 regular season contests, Brown averaged 1.25 points-per-game with the Windsor Spitfires and was second in team scoring with 21 goals and 74 points. The center, who is the son of former NHLer Jeff Brown, spent most of his childhood in St. Louis and represented the USA at the U18's. In seven games, he amassed three goals and 12 points.

Brown is a big boy. For teams looking to add size to their forward corps, Brown is a top candidate at this year's draft. A big question mark that surrounds players of Brown's size is how well they skate. Bigger guys can have trouble getting around the ice at a quick pace but Brown isn't hindered by his stride. He's fluid on his skates and is faster than one would expect for a player who hovers around the 220-pound mark. He's quite skilled and thanks to his ability to protect the puck with his large frame, he can be nearly impossible to contain by the opposition.

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