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Who Are They: 2016 Draft Class

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames selected nine players in the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY, taking six forwards, two defencemen, and one goaltender.

Here is a brief rundown on each player:

MATTHEW TKACHUK - LEFT WING - LONDON KNIGHTS - DRAFTED 6TH OVERALL

After the conclusion of the 2016 NHL Draft, Brian Burke summarized Matthew Tkachuk as a "pain in the ass." People don't like playing against him. He's an agitator and isn't shy about playing a physical brand of hockey.

But he isn't a one-dimensional player, sent out to drive the opposition around the bend being his main role. Tkachuk is supremely skilled, as his 107-point regular season and 40-point playoff run indicates. He has been praised by scouts for having an incredibly high hockey IQ and is often two steps ahead of his opponents thanks to his vision. He's a dominant force for the Knights and wants to be a game-changer.

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS

Games Played: 57

Goals: 30

Assists: 77

Points: 107

PIM: 80

Plus/Minus: 45

TYLER PARSONS - GOALTENDER - LONDON KNIGHTS - DRAFTED 54TH OVERALL

With the 54th pick, the Flames turned to Tkachuk's London teammate Tyler Parsons. The goaltender made major leaps in his second OHL season, refining the fundamentals of his game throughout the course of the year.

He is highly competitive netminder, never giving up on shots, and his natural athleticism allows him to get into position quickly. The Chesterfield, MI product has sound positioning and is very mobile in his crease. Parsons has shown poise under pressure and can hold his team in games if need be.

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS

Games Played: 49

GAA: 2.33

Save Percentage: .921

Record: 37-9-3

DILLON DUBE - CENTRE - KELOWNA ROCKETS - DRAFTED 56TH OVERALL

Cochrane native Dillon Dube more than doubled his offensive output in his second season in the WHL, eventually finishing third in team scoring at the conclusion of the 2015-16 campaign.

While smaller in stature, standing 5-10 and weighing in 180-pounds, he has plenty of jam and plays an energetic game. He is quick on his skates and isn't afraid to use his speed, deking around opponents in his quest for offence. He's creative with the puck and can act as a playmaker or a finisher. Scouts have praised him for his vision and ability elevate the play of those around him.

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS

Games Played: 65

Goals: 26

Assists: 40

Points: 66

PIM: 50

Plus/Minus: 8

ADAM FOX - DEFENCE - US NATIONAL UNDER-18 TEAM - DRAFTED 66TH OVERALL

Offence is Adam Fox's calling card. The Jericho, NY native set a new US National team Development Program single-season record with 59 points in 64 skates. After that tremendous output, Fox will be taking his talent to Harvard University next season to start his collegiate career.

Fox is very creative with the puck, finding his teammates with strong outlet passes or carrying it up into the offensive zone by himself. He is particularly effective on the power play, acting as a quarterback and finding ways to get pucks through to the net. While he's adept at getting the puck to his teammates, he also boasts a very hard, accurate shot.

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS

Games Played: 64

Goals: 9

Assists: 50

Points: 59

PIM: 12

Plus/Minus: N/A

LINUS LINDSTROM - CENTRE - SKELLEFTEA AIK J20 - DRAFTED 96TH OVERALL

Swedish centre Linus Lindstrom had a busy year, playing for Skelleftea AIK J20, getting in four games with Skelleftea AIK in the SHL, and representing his country on multiple occasions; he dressed for Sweden in the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge, IIHF Under 18 World Championships, and the Ivan Hlinka tournament.

Lindstrom is known for his strong two-way game and playmaking abilities. He's very intelligent, whether it be in the offensive zone, neutral zone, or defensive zone. He also is speedy and despite his slight stature, opponents have had a hard time knocking him off the puck thanks to his agility and quickness on his feet.

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS

Games Played: 40

Goals: 14

Assists: 30

Points: 44

PIM: 28

Plus/Minus: 9

MITCHELL MATTSON - CENTRE - GRAND RAPIDS HIGH - DRAFTED 126TH OVERALL

Mitchell Mattson split his 2015-16 season between the USHL, playing for the Bloomington Thunder, and the United States High School league, suiting up for his hometown Grand Rapids High. He'll be headed back to the USHL in 2016-17, once again with Bloomington, before starting his collegiate career with the University of North Dakota in the fall of 2017.

Mattson classifies himself as a skilled power forward and player who can be depended on to put the puck in the net. He is still growing into his 6-foot-4 frame but his skating is fluid and his speed will improve as he physically matures.

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS

Games Played: 25

Goals: 17

Assists: 29

Points: 46

PIM: 22

Plus/Minus: N/A

EETU TUULOLA - RIGHT WING - HPK U20 - DRAFTED 156TH OVERALL

Eetu Tuulola's 6-foot-2, 227-pound frame is perfect for the way he likes to play: a gritty, physically imposing game. He has no qualms about playing in the hard areas of the ice and getting under his opponent's skin. He's a tenacious forward, wanting to drive to the net and produce offensively. While his offensive totals don't leap off the page at you, he has the skill set to be a threat when he rounds out his game.

In addition to his time with HPK's U20 squad, Tuulola played for Finland at the U18 World Junior Championship and the Ivan Hlinka tournament.

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS

Games Played: 29

Goals: 9

Assists: 5

Points: 14

PIM: 22

Plus/Minus: -3

MATTHEW PHILLIPS - CENTRE - VICTORIA ROYALS - DRAFTED 166TH OVERALL

It's immediately apparent why some many doubt Matthew Phillip's abilities: his size. At 5-foot-7 and 150-pounds, more often than not he's the smallest player on the ice. But the Calgary native has proven doubters wrong his entire career thanks to an extremely high skill level.

Like Johnny Gaudreau, a player Phillips looks up to, he has slick puckhandling skills, high hockey IQ, and explosive speed. He can make his opponents look silly thanks to his ability to weave around them all over the ice. He can act as a playmaker or as a finisher. He has a highly accurate shot and can get the puck off his stick at top speed.

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS

Games Played: 72

Goals: 37

Assists: 39

Points: 76

PIM: 16

Plus/Minus: 11

STEPAN FALKOVSKY - DEFENCE - OTTAWA 67'S - DRAFTED 186TH OVERALL

With their final pick in the draft, the Flames took 6-foot-7 overager Stepan Falkovsky. After spending time in MHL -- the KHL's equivalent to the AHL -- he opted to come over to North America in 2015-16 to ply his trade.

For someone so big, Falkovsky is very mobile and is faster than one would expect. He makes a strong first pass and likes to handle the puck. Thanks to his booming shot, Falkovsky can be a big asset on the power play. Scouts have compared his style of play to that of Andrej Sustr.

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS

Games Played: 58

Goals: 9

Assists: 23

Points: 32

PIM: 35

Plus/Minus: 17

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