Calgary Flames

Evaluating potential Calgary Flames second round selections after opening night

The first round of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft was held last night in Montreal and it was a doozy. Of course that mainly applies to the activity around the top few picks as well as the multiple trades that happened. For the Calgary Flames, it was mostly quiet.

Aside from some early rumours that came up during the day that were quickly shot down, the Flames did not have a whole lot to do during the opening round. Since their first-round pick was traded away in the Tyler Toffoli deal earlier this year, the Flames are left waiting until pick number 59 in today’s proceedings. 

While the likes of Shane Wright, Juraj Slafkovský, and Logan Cooley were far from an available option, the organization is going to pick up a solid prospect late in the second round. 

Using the TWC Consolidated 2022 Draft Rankings, let’s take a look and see who could be available for the team and who makes the most sense:

TWC Consolidated 2022 Draft Rankings: Falling first rounders

Of the remaining prospects that were ranked in the top 32 of our consolidated list, just five remain on the board: 

TWC RankPlayerMeanPOSTeamLeagueDOBHeightWeightShoots
27Jagger Firkus26.8FMoose Jaw WarriorsWHL29-Apr-045’10”154R
28Calle Odelius30.2DDjurgårdens IF J20J20 Nationell30-May-046’0″185L
29Gleb Trikozov30.5FOmskie YastrebyMHL12-Aug-046’1″185R
30Seamus Casey31.4DU.S. National U18 TeamUSDP08-Jan-045’10”172R
31Tristan Luneau31.4DGatineau OlympiquesQMJHL12-Jan-046’2″190R

Now while the odds that any of these five players are available at 59 is extremely low, I do think that Seamus Casey and Tristan Luneau would be the best options for the team. I think while you do opt for the best available player, the right handed defensive prospects can never be overlooked. 

It’s a pipedream that both, or even one, of these players would be available but we have seen first-round talent drop further before. We see you Oliver Kylington and we love you. 

TWC Consolidated 2022 Draft Rankings: Reasonable second-round options 

As we take a look further down our list, the possibilities are endless.

In a perfect world, if the Flames could walk away with one of Luca Del Bel Belluz, Owen Beck, Lane Huston, or Jack Hughes I would think the team would be buying a lottery ticket very quickly. 

More realistically, the team could be looking at a Noah Warren, Matthew Poitras, or Jordan Gustafson who will most likely be available candidates at 59. 

TWC RankPlayerMeanPOSTeamLeagueDOBHeightWeightShoots
33Ryan Chesley31.7DU.S. National U18 TeamUSDP27-Feb-046’0″201R
35Luca Del Bel Belluz32.9CMississauga SteelheadsOHL10-Nov-036’1″179L
36Owen Beck33.3CMississauga SteelheadsOHL03-Feb-046’0″190R
37Lane Hutson34.5DU.S. National U18 TeamUSDP14-Feb-045’8″159L
38Mattias Hävelid35.2DLinköping HC J20J20 Nationell01-Jan-045’10”172R
39Ty Nelson35.9DNorth Bay BattalionOHL30-Mar-045’10”196R
40Jack Hughes37.7CNortheastern Univ.NCAA02-Nov-036’0″170L
41David Goyette38.4CSudbury WolvesOHL27-Mar-045’11”174L
42Alexander Perevalov41.1LWLoko YaroslavlMHL16-Apr-046’0″192R
43Elias Salomonsson41.2DSkellefteå AIK J20J20 Nationell31-Aug-046’1″183R
44Sam Rinzel41.8DChaska HighUSHS-MN25-Jun-046’4″181R
45Filip Bystedt41.9CLinköping HC J20J20 Nationell04-Feb-046’4″205L
46Danny Zhilkin45CGuelph StormOHL19-Dec-036’1″196L
47Rieger Lorenz47.7COkotoks OilersAJHL30-Mar-046’2″194L
48Julian Lutz49FEHC MünchenDEL29-Feb-046’2″185L
49Jani Nyman51.8LWIlves U20U20 SM-sarja30-Jul-046’3″216L
50Adam Ingram52.1FYoungstown PhantomsUSHL14-Oct-036’2″174L
51Matyas Sapovaliv52.6FSaginaw SpiritOHL12-Feb-046’3″183L
52Simon Forsmark52.8DÖrebro HKSHL17-Oct-036’2″194L
53Noah Warren53.2DGatineau OlympiquesQMJHL15-Jul-046’5″225R
55Maveric Lamoureux53.7DDrummondville VoltigeursQMJHL13-Jan-046’7″198R
56Tomas Hamara56.2DTappara U20U20 SM-sarja09-Mar-046’0″185L
57Mats Lindgren58.8DKamloops BlazersWHL26-Aug-046’0″176L
58Bryce McConnell-Barker59.3CSoo GreyhoundsOHL04-Jun-046’1″194L
59Vladimir Grudinin59.7DKrasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL09-Dec-035’10”159L
60Alexander Pelevin60DChaika Nizhny NovgorodMHL16-May-045’11”172L
61Paul Ludwinski62CKingston FrontenacsOHL23-Apr-045’11”183L
62Hunter Haight62.5CBarrie ColtsOHL04-Apr-045’10”174R
63Ludwig Persson63.8C/LWFrölunda HC J20J20 Nationell08-Oct-036’0″179L
64Adam Sýkora64.2RW/LWHK Nitra U20Slovakia U2007-Sep-045’10”172L
65Cameron Lund65.2CGreen Bay GamblersUSHL07-Jun-046’2″192R
66Dylan James65.5LWSioux City MusketeersUSHL12-Oct-036’0″176L
67Matthew Poitras66.1CGuelph StormOHL10-Mar-045’11”176R
68Devin Kaplan66.8RWU.S. National U18 TeamUSDP10-Jan-046’3″198R
69Jordan Gustafson67.1FSeattle ThunderbirdsWHL20-Jan-045’11”179L

TWC Consolidated 2022 Draft Rankings: Potential reaches

Of course the Flames could also go completely off the board tomorrow and take someone not even in the top 70 players ranked. It wouldn’t be abnormal for the team, who has taken guys they like much earlier in the draft like Jakob Pelletier and Jake Boltmann. 

I wonder if they are looking at someone like Christian Kyrou or Cruz Lucius, two OHL players where the team has found success before. Once you get past the 59th spot it’s wide open. 

This also could be a perfect situation where the Flames trade down a few draft slots to obtain an additional selection. Brad Treliving has done that before and executed it perfectly.

That is the best part about the NHL Draft, anything can happen. 

70Kasper Kulonummi67.5DJokerit U20U20 SM-sarja01-Mar-046’0″174R
71Michael Fisher68DSt. Mark’s SchoolUSHS-Prep02-May-046’2″198R
72Christian Kyrou68.7DErie OttersOHL16-Sep-035’10”172R
73Aleksanteri Kaskimäki70.7CHIFK U20U20 SM-sarja06-Feb-046’0″196L
74Artyom Duda71DKrasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL08-Apr-046’1″181L
75Beau Jelsma72LWBarrie ColtsOHL28-Apr-045’10”174L
76Isaiah George73.3DLondon KnightsOHL15-Feb-046’1″194L
77Topi Rönni74CTappara U20U20 SM-sarja05-May-046’1″181L
78Cruz Lucius74.2RWU.S. National U18 TeamUSDP05-Apr-046’0″183R
79Tyler Brennan75.4GPrince George CougarsWHL27-Sep-036’4″190L
80Topias Leinonen75.4GJYP U20U20 SM-sarja25-Jan-046’5″234L
81Vinzenz Rohrer75.6RWOttawa 67’sOHL09-Sep-045’11”168R
82Fraser Minten75.7FKamloops BlazersWHL05-Jul-046’1″185L
83Ryan Greene76.3CGreen Bay GamblersUSHL21-Oct-036’2″179R
84Viktor Neuchev77FAvto YekaterinburgMHL25-Oct-036’2″165L
85Arseni Koromyslov77.7DSKA-1946 St. PetersburgMHL03-Nov-036’3″181L
86Alexander Suzdalev78.2LWHV71 J20J20 Nationell05-Mar-046’2″176L
87Otto Salin79.7DHIFK U20U20 SM-sarja07-Mar-045’11”205R
88Jake Karabela80CGuelph StormOHL07-Mar-045’11”172L
89Ilya Kvochko80C/LWStalnye Lisy MagnitogorskMHL22-Feb-045’9″159L
90Jorian Donovan81DHamilton BulldogsOHL05-Apr-046’2″181L
91Jordan Dumais81.3RWHalifax MooseheadsQMJHL15-Apr-045’9″165R
92Kirill Dolzhenkov83LWKrasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL20-Apr-046’6″236L
93Jack Devine83.7RWUniv. of DenverNCAA02-Oct-035’11”176R
94Matthew Seminoff84RWKamloops BlazersWHL27-Dec-035’11”183R
95Pano Fimis84CNiagara IceDogsOHL17-Jun-045’11”176R
96Tyler Duke84.5DU.S. National U18 TeamUSDP19-Jul-045’9″179L
97Nicholas Moldenhauer85C/RWChicago SteelUSHL25-May-045’11”170R
98Elias Pettersson85DÖrebro HK J20J20 Nationell16-Feb-046’2″185L
99Quinn Finley85.3FMadison CapitolsUSHL08-Aug-046’0″170L
100Jace Weir85.5DRed Deer RebelsWHL21-May-046’2″192R

Anything can happen

The Flames might not even make the 59th overall selection when it finally arrives if they opt to trade it instead. No matter where they are at when it comes to their first selection of the 2022 NHL Draft, it’s clear there will be many options available. Let’s hope it pans out for Calgary.

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