Flames draft three forwards and one is a Calgary kid. No, not Shinkaruk.
At number six we all expected Lindholm, Monahan or Valerie Nichushkin. With Lindholm going to Carolina at five, the Flames selected the well rounded centre, Sean Monahan. A solid safe pick at six, Sean made it known he wanted to play in Calgary and feels he can crack the roster next season. He has the size and motivation to make a serious push come training camp in September.
After six, Flames fans had to wait a while and watched Hunter Shinkaruk drop and drop. Then it was time for the twenty second overall pick. Everyone was screaming at their TVs right after Feaster announced that they selected Emile Poirier. No one knew who he was unless you watched a lot of Gatineau games out East.
So who is Emile Poirier? Well he is a fast skating offensive forward that is not afraid to mix in some rough stuff in his game. Along with his 70 points, Emile registered 101 penalty minutes last year. Poirier will need to add some size to his frame and develop and work on his play with the puck. Definitely a strange pick if you follow the TSN or SNET rankings. But, with all the guys picked today, only time will tell what these players will turn into. Feaster stated that Poirier was #10 on their personal list and they vowed to pick the best player available according to their own list.
After angry Flames fans watched Hunter Shinkaruk put on the Canucks blue, the Flames selected Morgan Klimchuk at #28. The Calgary born forward who is said to have great work ethic and can play both wing or the point on the power play. Klimchuk is a fast skater who is not a liability in any area on the ice. Morgan is not afraid to drive the net and does not take games off. The Flames wanted guys who play hard and love the game; Morgan Klimchuk defines that.
It was a wild day where we saw Seth Jones drop to #4 and Corey Schneider got traded to New Jersey for the ninth overall pick. The Flames, however, did not make a trade in the first round and selected three times. Poirier is the wild card but there is upside and could very well turn into a very explosive offensive NHLer. He will take time but the tools are there for him to become a solid player. Sean Monahan is ecstatic to be a Calgary Flame and should turn into an effective centre man for the Flames for many years to come.
All in all, I am happy the Flames selected three times and three forwards. We will get an opportunity to see the three guys come development camp next week in Calgary.