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Torie Peterson highlights 10 forwards who could be diamonds in the rough in this year's draft

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

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,'s Torie Peterson has profiled 10 forwards who may be available in the back-half of the draft and could end up being potential diamonds in the rough:

Leevi Aaltonen - Left Wing - KalPa (Jr. A SM-Liiga)

The first thing you notice about Aaltonen is his size - he's small. Officially listed at 5-foot-8 and 177-lb., the winger may lack size but he makes up for it with speed, skill, and compete. He has great offensive instincts and has no issue bulldozing through the offensive zone, playing like he's several inches taller and 20-lb. heavier.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 29 (International)

Dmitri Sheshin - Left Wing - Magnitogorsk (MHL)

Another diminutive winger, Sheshin has heaps of skill and is absolutely relentless on the puck. He can make highlight-reel plays look easy with his puck-handling and passing abilities. He possesses the type of dynamic game that could carry him to the next level.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: N/A

John Farinacci - Center - Dexter (USHS-Prep)

Playing at the high school level kept Farinacci somewhat under the radar throughout his draft-eligible season but the forward's hockey sense and high-level puck skills could see him develop into a top prospect for an NHL club.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 35 (North American)

Antti Saarela - Center - Lukko (Liiga)

Saarela plays a very mature game and projects to be a responsible defensive center as he develops. His ability to read and react to plays in a split second is a step ahead of most of his peers. He's also a solid skater and has a decent top-end speed.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 24 (International)

Adam Beckman - Left Wing - Spokane (WHL)

Beckman is a natural goal-scorer. In his first full WHL season, he put up an impressive 32 goals, which led all Chiefs skaters. He can score from anywhere in the offensive zone as well. He's good in-tight, causing havoc in the blue paint, but is also able to wire shots through from above the hashmarks.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 34 (North American)

Karl Henriksson - Center - Frolunda (SuperElit)

The Swede led Frolunda's junior squad in scoring thanks, in large part, to his impressive playmaking skills. His vision in the offensive zone is exceptional, reading plays at a high level. Henriksson is also strong in his own zone, showcasing his lofty hockey IQ with smart, effective plays while backchecking.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 23 (International)

Dillon Hamaliuk - Left Wing - Seattle (WHL)

The Leduc product saw his draft stock rise this year thanks to improved skating. With his skill level and the edge he plays with, he could very well develop into a power forward at the pro level. He's particularly effective in front of the net, using his size to bully through defenders.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: N/A

Blake Murray - Center - Sudbury (OHL)

The Wolves center has an intriguing skill set that could see him develop into a power forward role as he transitions to pro in the coming years. He has an NHL frame, a very strong shot, and a high hockey IQ and if his skating continues to progress, he could be an impact player.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 104 (North American)

Ethan Phillips - Center - Sioux City (USHL)

A strong skater, Phillips can turn defencemen inside out with his ability to pivot on a dime. He also has energy to spare, whipping around the ice like a whirling dervish during every shift. He has acted as more of a playmaker in Sioux City, finding creative ways to set up his linemates during their championship run in 2018-19.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 78 (North American)

Luka Burzan - Right Wing - Brandon (WHL)

In his second year of eligibility, Burzan turned heads with a 40-goal, 78-point output. He's got a knack for finding the net and the skill to make high-level plays in the offensive zone. His skating is also a big plus. He can take off in a hurry and is nimble on his skates.

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 126 (North American)

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