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With trade and picks, Flames strengthen defence of present and future at draft

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SUNRISE, Fla. - On the first day of the NHL draft the Calgary Flames got a defenceman for the present and future in Dougie Hamilton. On the second day, they made a strong play for the future blue line.

With their first two picks, the Flames took Swedish defencemen Rasmus Andersson 53rd and Oliver Kylington 60th.

Andersson was almost a point-a-game player for the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts, but the Kylington selection looked like it could be a steal not too far down the road.

Kylington was considered a first-round pick and could've been taken in the top 15.

Instead, the smooth-skating offensive defenceman fell deep into the second round and to the Flames, who spent the weekend strengthening their defence.

Hamilton is just 22, and Kylington said he hopes to be playing with the former Bruins defenceman soon.

Kylington has a year and an option year left on his contract in Sweden, which does include an NHL out clause.

The Flames also selected Belarusian winger Pavel Karnaukhov with their fifth-rounder, 136th overall.

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