Can Randy do it again?
Flamesjambalaya will try to go for the three-peat. Randy has guessed the Flames first round selections two years in a row. Can he make it three years in a row? Every one called him crazy last year after he selected Mark Jankowski as the Flames selection, two weeks prior to the draft. But, just like his Baertschi selection the year before, Randy knew something we all didn’t.
This year, Randy has a new challenge alongside selecting the correct Flames first round pick; select three Flames selections in one round.
He will base his selections on the Flames selecting three times in the first round and at the current positions the Flames’ picks sit at in the first round.
So, Randy, let’s get right to it… Who will the Calgary Flames select with the sixth overall pick in this year’s NHL draft?
Randy- Elias Lindholm is my pick. Lindholm has been playing against men in Sweden, and having some success. Lindholm will be able to compete for a spot come camp. Great puck handling skills, a playmaker, and is defensively sound. Potentially the first line center Calgary has been looking for, for many years. But with all that said, I know the Flames brass is crazy about Hunter Shinkaruk. Perhaps they get creative and we see Shinkaruk picked in a scenario where we trade down to gain an extra pick early in the second round.
Tough to disagree with Randy on this one, I see it slightly different. Although I would love to see Barkov slide to #6, I have to be realistic. My pick is Sean Monahan, the big centre is exactly what Feaster is looking for. I am not convinced his goal scoring upside is all too high as I would like.His two way style of game will be a welcoming addition to the Flames. Captain at age 17, Monahan has great vision and could become a great set up centre for Sven Baertschi. Monahan has size and a nose for the net which Feaster stated was a need for this team. Another guy to keep an eye on here is Hunter Shinkaruk. Although I think #6 is far too high for Shinkaruk, some feel he might be Calgary’s target.
Now it gets even tougher. With the #22 overall pick, who will the Flames pick, Randy?
Randy- Madison Bowey, solid defenseman who has a great shot and is offensive. This is the perfect pick for us. Like his size and mobility.
I had a tough time; I changed my mind from Hartman to Gauthier to Rychel many times. But I predict Feaster continues to tackle the offensive prospects depth issue and selects Kerby Rychel here. This guy scores goals and has NHL size at the age of 18. Rychel could be the next power forward that many teams wish they had. Scoring 81 goals and registering 161 points in his last 136 games has the attention of many scouts. All the praise I see Rychel get is about his work ethic and that doesn’t mind playing a physical power forward style of game. Solid pick at #22 and fits the bill for the Calgary Flames.
Now with the 28th overall or also known as “the Iginla pick”. We ask Randy who the Flames will select.
Randy- I believe the Flames will select Ryan Hartman with the ‘Iginla’ pick- a flexible offensive player who can play both the wing and center position. But with that said, I believe Feaster will trade this pick for two second picks and draft Lazar in the second round.
It wouldn’t shock me either if Feaster trades this pick. But 28th spot is where it gets very interesting and tough. It’s somewhat a question if the Flames will still have this pick but if they do and if goaltender Zach Fucale is still available, he might get scooped up by the Flaming C. Heck, Bob Hartley who loves this kid may be on the podium to announce this pick himself. But my pick at #28 is Madison Bowey. Bowey is a solid two way defenseman who the Flames will add to prospects Wotherspoon and Sieloff on the back end. Bowey is not afraid of physical play and is a great skater. If Bowey develops properly he could boost a Flames power play for many years to come.
My final thought going into the draft is that I hope the Flames actually draft three times in the first round. Get three quality prospects and get this rebuild moving in the right direction. It will be a tense and enticing day on Sunday.
Go Flames Go