With their sixth round pick, 171st overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Flames took forward D'Artagnan Joly from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Last year, the Gatineau product scored 16 goals and 48 points through 66 regular season games and scored one goal in four postseason skates.
"Halfway through the year, we weren't very sure of him," Flames director of amateur scouting Tod Button admitted. "But as the year went on and the playoffs went on, our scouts in Quebec - our three scouts - they really liked him and they really pushed for him."
Here are snippets of what independent scouting agencies had to say about Joly:
FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS - RANKED 104TH OVERALL
Joly is a hard-working winger with some offensive upside and physicality. Great acceleration and good top speed, though not the smoothest skater as he is still growing into his frame but he has an incredibly quick step. He can both play the physical dump and chase game or the finesse game dekeing his way around you with the combo of his speed and quick hands game. He can power his way to the net or stay to the outside creating an open space in the middle for a teammate, hitting them with a crisp pass. He has a hard wrist shot but has more of a pass first mentality. He pays attention to details and his head is always in movement to readjust his position to be in a better position for the next play. He is physical, finishing checks on the forecheck or separating the opponents off the puck on the backcheck or while coming in a board battle to support a teammate. Joly displays an interesting mix of hockey sense, work ethic and size. If you're looking for work ethic you will find that with him.
REDLINE REPORT - RANKED 85TH OVERALL
This big Red Line sleeper is as raw as can be, but has great tools. Checks almost all the boxes on what we're looking for in a pro winger. Tall, lean, athletic kid has shockingly good wheels and finishes checks - rugged physically and likes to initiate contact. Excellent east-west agility too. Wins corner battles and makes power moves straight to the net. Effective cycling down low. Can carry the puck quite well and his puckhandling at speed is surprisingly smooth, but he needs to learn to find and use his linemates better.