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POTENTIAL LATE ROUND GEMS - DEFENCEMEN

Torie Peterson highlights six blueliners who could be diamonds in the rough in this year's draft

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

In addition to their first round pick, 26th overall, the Flames own picks in the following rounds: third round (88th overall), fourth round (116th overall, via the New York Islanders through the Travis Hamonic trade),fifth round (150th), and the seventh round (214th overall, via the Carolina Hurricanes through the Eddie Lack trade).

With this in mind, CalgaryFlames.com's Torie Peterson has profiled six defencemen who may be available in the back-half of the draft and could end up being potential diamonds in the rough:

Jordan Spence - Moncton (QMJHL)

The biggest question mark around Spence is his size. At 5-foot-10, he's definitely small for a defenceman but thanks to his impressive vision and skating, he has been able to thrive in the QMJHL in a two-way role. In 2018-19, he put up 49 points in 68 games and averaged a point-per-game in the playoffs.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 59 (North American)

Layton Ahac - Prince George (BCHL)

The North Vancouver native plays a simple, effective game - if you don't notice Ahac throughout the course of the game, that is because he's playing his style to perfection. There's no flair to his game but he's always in the right position, uses his size well, and has great hockey sense.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 62 (North American)

Kaedan Korczak - Kelowna (WHL)

Korczak plays a hard game for the Rockets. At 6-foot-2 and 192-lbs., he isn't shy about playing a physical game. While his offensive output was limited to four goals and 33 points, he does have a hard shot and that area of his game could develop more as his game rounds out.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 32 (North American)

Case McCarthy - USNTDP (USHL)

The stacked U.S. National Team Development Program has plenty of flashy names heading into the draft but McCarthy should be getting his due as well. He's an excellent passer - he sees the ice well and can hit forwards with accurate stretch passes on the fly. He's also extremely well positioned defensively, with excellent gap control and a willingness to play a heavy game.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 77 (North American)

Martin Hugo Has - Tappara (Jr. A SM-Liiga)

The Czech blueliner has developed his two-way game while playing over in Finland with Tappara's under-20 club. He is a strong skater, has a heavy shot, and is effective in transition. In his own zone, he's very reliable with an active stick and good positioning.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 38 (International)

Domenick Fensore - USNTDP (USHL)

Fensore has all the tools to be a successful two-way defenceman at the pro level but at 5-foot-7, his size could see him go later in the draft. He's extremely creative, handles the puck well, is a solid skater with good speed, and isn't hesitant to jump in the rush.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 68 (North American)

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