Sunday, February 9, 2014

Why Tanking is the right thing to do

Last season’s trades of Jarome Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff and Jay Bouwmeester signified a new day in Calgary and that the Flames were finally headed for a rebuild. With their 6th overall pick in the summer of 2013 the Flames drafted Sean Monahan, a player the team hopes will become the #1 center they have been searching for since the 90’s. Adding Monahan to short list of elite prospects like Sven Baertschi and Johnny Gaudreau is the beginning of what the future looks like in Calgary.

I have been an advocate of going full tank mode for the next few seasons so the Flames brass can continue to stock pile high-end prospects. I am of the belief that playing in a division with Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Vancouver is going to keep Calgary from truly contending or even making the playoffs anytime soon so this is the perfect opportunity to blow it up and start from scratch.

Additionally, the next two drafts offer players that would instantly give Calgary a boost to its rebuild process. Drafting Aaron Ekblad this summer would land the Flames a stud defenceman to build their blue line around for years to come. He is big, he can play a shutdown role, he can shoot the puck, he can eat up a lot of minutes and will be a #1 defenceman in the NHL. Like Monahan, Ekblad would give the team a top end player in a position they haven’t had for a long time. In the 2015 draft Connor McDavid will likely got 1st overall and with the direction of the Flames at this time (rebuild) it would be crazy to not try to draft him.  McDavid is another extremely skilled forward like we have seen go 1st overall within the last 10 years and he would instantly give the Flames a superstar type player to lead this team.

Many Flames fans are skeptical of tanking a season to land a top draft pick when they see their neighbors to the north continuously end up at the bottom of the league standings. On the flip side of what’s happening in Edmonton are Chicago and Pittsburgh who have both had high draft picks that have helped them each win Stanley Cups. It’s a risk reward situation that has a very high ceiling.

I realize finishing last overall only gives you a 25% chance of drafting 1st overall but if you could go back in time, tank a season and get a chance to draft John Tavares, Sidney Crosby or Nathan MacKinnon wouldn’t you? I know I would.

6 comments:

  1. It is going to be tough. The coaches are to dedicated and this whole work hard mentality will keep us out of drafting in the top 3. Unfortunately.

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    1. Possibly. In my opinion this team isn't good enough to sustain much momentum. If Edmonton, Buffalo or Florida put together a decent run then anything is possible. Especially if Ramo is out for an extended period of time.

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  2. Although I want a top pick I am not sure that I want my team to purposely lose. Feaster was the rebuild guy. He got fired for a reason and that is because ownership and BB did not want this to drag out. Burke will come in have a strong draft followed by signings and trades that allow this team to start the track back to the playoffs. We will be lucky if we even get Ekblad this year. EDM is licking their chops and are far worse than the Flames are.

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  3. With burke in charge and has plenty of cap money to spend. goodluck! Mcdavid will not be a flame

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    1. I would also, but I do no not think Burke will. Burke has to much money to spend. Great job Jeff

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  4. I have a comment for people who say we will not draft top 3. By March 6: Cammy, Stempniak, Butler, Galiardi and maybe Wideman will all be traded. In comes Gaudreau (hopefully) Granlund, Knight, Breen and Wotherspoon. This team is gonna suck. Edm will pass us, book it. Right now we are competitive but once we trade some assets we will see our team fall and fall hard. In the off season the UFA market is weak. Outside of maybe Stastny, Girardi and Hiller. No one is there that would sign here let along allow this team to make the playoffs next year. So, I am saying this team WILL draft top 3 and I would bet top 2 this coming June. Also we will be worse next season with way more young guys on our roster. This year and next year we will and we SHOULD draft top 3.

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