Following in Randy’s lead, I decided to go through who I think Brad Treliving and Co. will draft in the first and second round this weekend. If I can get half as lucky in the second round as Randy has with his picks the last couple years I will consider this a success and start accepting jobs as an NHL scout!
1st Round, Pick #4- Leon Draisaitl
There is an obvious Top 4 in this draft and it’s a good chance Calgary will be taking whoever is left from the 4. While I would love to see Aaron Ekblad or one of the Sam’s drop to 4, I think they will be the first 3 players drafted and Leon will fall to Calgary. He is a big body who has great play making ability and has been compared to Anze Kopitar. Would be a good compliment centering the smaller Johnny Gaudreau and feeding him the puck in a couple years.
2nd Round, Pick #34- Thatcher Demko
After hearing a few different opinion I really like the idea of Calgary picking a goalie in the second round. The team doesn’t have a lot of young goalies in the system (Ortio, Gilles and Roy) and it never hurts to stock up in that area, just look at Anaheim. The scouting team surely has watched Demko play due to the fact he played at Boston College with Gaudreau and Bill Arnold. He is the highest rated goalie in this draft and there is a good chance he will be there at 34.
2nd Round, Pick #54- Alex Peters
Most people feel that picks 25 to 40 or picks 30 to 60 will fall in a number of different ways so it’s gets hard to pick who goes where at this point. I think the Flames will go defense here and Alex Peters fits into the “Burkian” mold of players the Flames are going to draft in the next few years. Another big body at 6’3” who can a lot of things well.
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