Looking at the Flames’ draft history by round since 2000

With the draft just weeks away, it is time to start thinking about what the future my hold for the Flames. The draft is a special time. One where the prospect of excellent performances is there, with little talk of what could have been. Let’s take a look back to see how the Flames have drafted in each round, and what could have been

Round 1

Draft Picks MadeTotal Combined Games Played
194799

The Flames have generally done quite well in the first round. They have drafted and developed a number of excellent players including Dion Phaneuf, Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan.

There have also been a number of very notable blunders including 2000 draft pick Brent Krahn, who played a grand total of one one NHL game. The Flames also picked Morgan Klimchuk and Greg Nemisz in this round.

Time will tell how players like Juuso Valimaki and Jakob Pelletier turn out for the team.

Round 2

Draft Picks MadeTotal Combined Games Played
161962

The second round has not been kind to the Flames. Of the nearly 2000 combined NHL games played by their second round draft selections, 1277 were played by Kurtis Foster and Jarret Stoll, neither of whom played a game for the Flames. Foster was traded while still in Junior to the Atlanta Thrashers, where he started his career. Stoll could not come to terms with the Flames and would have been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs but the fax never made it to the NHL office, and he re-entered the draft in 2002.

Of the remaining 700 or so games, 335 were played by Markus Granlund, who played 14 games for the Flames before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks. This leaves 364 total games played by the remaining Flames’ draft picks in the second round, mostly by Rasmus Andersson, Dillon Dube, and Oliver Kylington, who look to turn the Flames’ luck in the second round

Round 3

Draft Picks MadeTotal Combined Games Played
181707

The Flames found three decent NHLers in the third round in Lance Bouma, Matthew Lombardi and Brandon Prust, who combined for the lion’s share of the combined games played.

They also signed Canadian-Kazakhstani former NHLer Dustin Boyd in this round. Apart from him and Adam Fox, who has been traded, the Flames really struggled to get much in the third round.

Round 4

Draft Picks MadeTotal Combined Games Played
231485

The Flames have made the most picks in the fourth round of the draft, and have found some steals. Both T.J. Brodie and Johnny Gaudreau were found in this round, and they have been excellent pieces for this Flames team. Compared with the previous round, this round has arguably been one of the Flames’ more successful ones.

Aside from two major pieces, the Flames also drafted Keith Aulie and Brett Kulak in this round. Not bad for a late round.

Round 5

Draft Picks MadeTotal Combined Games Played
211093

The fifth round has been a very very forgettable one for the team. Most of the combined total games played were played by Travis Moen, who never suited up for Calgary. The only player who was drafted by the Flames in the fifth round that did play for the club was Micheal Ferland, who became a fan favorite in his time here. Between Moen and Ferland, they combined for 1082 of the 1093 total games played by players in this round. Hopefully Josh Nodler or Zach Fischer can break this trend.

Round 6

Draft Picks MadeTotal Combined Games Played
19904

The sixth round has not been bad for the Flames, despite the low number of games played. The team found Adam Pardy, Curtis McElhinney and Laurent Brossoit in this round, who became decent NHLers away from the club. Closer to home, the Flames drafted Andrew Mangiapane in this round, who has become a top six forward for the club.

Joni Ortio was also drafted in this club. Fun fact, he and former Flames draft pick Dustin Boyd are teammates in the KHL with Barys Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan.

Round 7

Draft Picks MadeTotal Combined Games Played
23592

This late in the draft, it is rare for players to turn into NHLers, but the Flames found one in David Moss. He played over 500 total NHL games, and was decent in his time in Calgary. Sabres defenceman John Gilmour was also drafted in this round

Round 8+

Draft Picks MadeTotal Combined Games Played
8233

Until the early 2000s, the NHL Draft had ten rounds. The Flames found Theoren Fleury, Hakan Loob, and Gary Suter in the late rounds of the draft, although all were found prior to 2000. In the last few years of the ten round draft, the only Flames pick who played more than 100 NHL games was Adam Cracknell, who never played a game for the Flames. He has signed with the Oilers on a one-year two-way deal. This would be his tenth NHL club at the age of 35 years.

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