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2015 NHL Draft; Calgary Flames; Who to pick?

The Calgary Flames relied on some of their younger players during their run to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and heading into the 2015 NHL Draft they expect to find another quality player to add to the organization. There are big names in this draft and Calgary’s first selection is at pick 15. Speculation is surrounding around skaters like Nick Merkley (who is from Calgary), and others such as; Mitch Marner, Jeremy Roy, Ryan Pilon, and Paul Bittner. There are a lot of talented skaters in this draft. The Flames are looking for the best player in this draft to choose with their first pick. They are not going to limit themselves to a certain position in which they think they are weaker. They want to take advantage of the fact that this is one of the deepest drafts in a long time. They have 5 picks in the top 80, and 1 at 83. They are bound to choose a couple of wicked players and honestly I think the organization is going to benefit massively. The impact that some of these players can make is crazy. I will be interested to see if they are going to stay at 15, not trade any picks or go all out and try to get more picks. Lawson Crouse, who played with Sam Bennett in Kingston is also another player whom Calgary has talked to. I think that would be an insane pick up, for Bennett and Crouse to play with each other again in Calgary, that could be dangerous.

2015 NHL DRAFT

Although most of the headlines surrounding this year’s draft class has been centered on Erie center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel, Flames director of amateur scouting Tod Button said he likes the depth of the talent pool and expects to find a quality player when the Flames’ turn in the first round comes at No. 15.

Who that player could be, however, Button isn’t sure about. He and his scouts have assembled a list of players who could be available when their spot comes up. Button did say the Flames would not use their first pick on a goaltender.

“We’re looking for best player available,” Button told the Flames website. “When you’re picking at 15 that means there’s 14 guys going ahead of you. You have be to ready and you have to be organized. We’re looking for the best player.”

Assistant general manager Craig Conroy also believes the depth of talent in the draft means the Flames are in good shape at No. 15.

“I think we have a pretty good feel,” Conroy said. “Probably the first nine of the draft will be gone. From that point on you don’t know. We want to make sure we’ve got the list in the right order. You always think maybe there’s a defenseman, maybe there’s a forward. There will be lots of decisions. It’ll be exciting when we get to that 10th pick and we go from there. Some guys just fall. Some guys maybe we like, maybe he’s 10th on our list, maybe he’s sitting there at 15. It could very easily happen.”

The Flames have tended to draft forwards in the first round the past few seasons. Last year they selected Sam Bennett with the fourth pick, and after recovering from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the majority of the season he had three goals and four points in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games. They’ve had six first-round picks in the past four drafts and used all of them on forwards, among them center Sean Monahan, the sixth pick of the 2013 draft. The last time the Flames picked a non-forward in the first round was 2009, when they used the 23rd pick on defenseman Tim Erixon.

“We’re looking for speed, skill, character, hockey sense,” Button said. “I think it’s universal throughout the League what teams look for. It’s broken down maybe differently but you can never have enough skill. We were the seventh-highest scoring team and that speaks to it; you need skill. You need players that can play in multiple situations so that speaks to versatility. And the bigger the better. If you get skilled big guys, you look at Anaheim, [Corey] Perry and [Ryan] Getzlaf, those are skilled, big players. Size is important if it goes along with the skating and the skill. We want to get as high a quality player as we can get and that means skill and offensive production.”

FLAMES CURRENT DRAFT PICKS:

1 15
2 45
2 52
2 53
3 76
3 83
5 136
6 166
7 196

FINAL DRAFT PROSPECT RANKING:

2015 DRAFT PROSPECTS – NORTH AMERICAN SKATERS

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
1 1 McDavid, Connor Center Erie OHL
2 2 Eichel, Jack Center Boston University H-EAST
3 3 Hanifin, Noah Defenseman Boston College H-EAST
4 5 Strome, Dylan Center Erie OHL
5 4 Crouse, Lawson Left Wing Kingston OHL
6 7 Marner, Mitchell Center London OHL
7 10 Provorov, Ivan Defenseman Brandon WHL
8 8 Zacha, Pavel Center Sarnia OHL
9 6 Werenski, Zachary Defenseman U Michigan BIG10
10 12 Meier, Timo Right Wing Halifax QMJHL
11 9 Barzal, Mathew Center Seattle WHL
12 11 Zboril, Jakub Defenseman Saint John QMJHL
13 14 Connor, Kyle Left Wing Youngstown USHL
14 26 Konecny, Travis Center Ottawa OHL
15 18 Harkins, Jansen Center Prince George WHL
16 15 Chabot, Thomas Defenseman Saint John QMJHL
17 21 Svechnikov, Evgeny Left Wing Cape Breton QMJHL
18 17 Chlapik, Filip Center Charlottetown QMJHL
19 24 DeBrusk, Jake Left Wing Swift Current WHL
20 20 Sprong, Daniel Right Wing Charlottetown QMJHL
21 23 Roy, Jeremy Defenseman Sherbrooke QMJHL
22 38 Juulsen, Noah Defenseman Everett WHL
23 13 Merkley, Nicholas Right Wing Kelowna WHL
24 31 Pilon, Ryan Defenseman Brandon WHL
25 16 Carlo, Brandon Defenseman Tri-City WHL
26 19 Bittner, Paul Left Wing Portland WHL
27 28 Boeser, Brock Right Wing Waterloo USHL
28 29 Novak, Thomas Center Waterloo USHL
29 27 White, Colin Center USA U-18 USHL
30 35 Yan, Dennis Left Wing Shawinigan QMJHL
31 39 Forsbacka Karlsson, Jakob Center Omaha USHL
32 53 Dunn, Vince Defenseman Niagara OHL
33 49 Beauvillier, Anthony Left Wing Shawinigan QMJHL
34 33 Vande Sompel, Mitchell Defenseman Oshawa OHL
35 43 Wagner, Austin Left Wing Regina WHL
36 48 Gagne, Gabriel Right Wing Victoriaville QMJHL
37 40 Fischer, Christian Right Wing USA U-18 USHL
38 56 Senyshyn, Zachary Right Wing Sault Marie OHL
39 52 Roslovic, John (Jack) Center USA U-18 USHL
40 45 Meloche, Nicolas Defenseman Baie-Comeau QMJHL
41 30 Brisebois, Guillaume Defenseman Acadie-Bathurst QMJHL
42 65 Lauzon, Jeremy Defenseman Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL
43 46 Wotherspoon, Parker Defenseman Tri-City WHL
44 67 Capobianco, Kyle Defenseman Sudbury OHL
45 25 Roy, Nicolas Center Chicoutimi QMJHL
46 47 Dermott, Travis Defenseman Erie OHL
47 22 Greenway, Jordan Left Wing USA U-18 USHL
48 50 Trenin, Iakov Center Gatineau QMJHL
49 44 Speers, Blake Center Sault Marie OHL
50 41 Korostelev, Nikita Right Wing Sarnia OHL
Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
51 57 Foley, Erik Left Wing Cedar Rapids USHL
52 69 Nielsen, Andrew Defenseman Lethbridge WHL
53 63 Marody, Cooper Center Sioux Falls USHL
54 55 Noel, Nathan Center Saint John QMJHL
55 42 Marsh, Adam Left Wing Saint John QMJHL
56 76 Guhle, Brendan Defenseman Prince Albert WHL
57 54 Knott, Graham Left Wing Niagara OHL
58 72 Gilbert, Dennis Defenseman Chicago USHL
59 37 Gawdin, Glenn Center Swift Current WHL
60 36 Bracco, Jeremy Right Wing USA U-18 USHL
61 32 Musil, Adam Center Red Deer WHL
62 75 Cotton, David Center Cushing Academy HIGH-MA
63 64 Marino, John Defenseman South Shore USPHL PRE.
64 Beaudin, Jean-Christophe Center Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL
65 94 Kolesar, Keegan Right Wing Seattle WHL
66 34 Warren, Brendan Left Wing USA U-18 USHL
67 88 Cirelli, Anthony Center Oshawa OHL
68 51 Spencer, Matthew Defenseman Peterborough OHL
69 71 Greer, Anthony-John (AJ) Left Wing Boston University H-EAST
70 73 Dove-Mcfalls, Samuel Left Wing Saint John QMJHL
71 62 Gropp, Ryan Left Wing Seattle WHL
72 100 Hobbs, Connor Defenseman Regina WHL
73 61 Gabrielle, Jesse Left Wing Regina WHL
74 116 Suter, Pius Center Guelph OHL
75 68 Bouramman, Gustav Defenseman Sault Marie OHL
76 Bourque, Simon Defenseman Rimouski QMJHL
77 103 Richard, Anthony Center Val-D’or QMJHL
78 152 Soy, Tyler Center Victoria WHL
79 83 Sadek, Jack Defenseman Lakeville North HIGH-MN
80 81 Massie, Jake Defenseman Kimball Union HIGH-NH
81 92 Martenet, Chris Defenseman London OHL
82 199 Reddekopp, Chaz Defenseman Victoria WHL
83 80 Kielly, Kameron Right Wing Charlottetown QMJHL
84 86 Corriveau, Taggart Right Wing Westminster HIGH-CT
85 147 Mangiapane, Andrew Left Wing Barrie OHL
86 Garland, Conor Right Wing Moncton QMJHL
87 78 Bachman, Karch Left Wing Culver Academy HIGH-IN
88 70 Cecconi, Joseph Defenseman Muskegon USHL
89 60 Carrier, Alexandre Defenseman Gatineau QMJHL
90 82 Gabriele, Grant Defenseman USA U-18 USHL
91 98 Schemitsch, Thomas Defenseman Owen Sound OHL
92 58 Timashov, Dmytro Left Wing Quebec QMJHL
93 84 Andersson, Rasmus Defenseman Barrie OHL
94 105 Parsells, Adam Defenseman Wausau West HIGH-WI
95 99 Henley, David Defenseman Charlottetown QMJHL
96 95 Luff, Matt Right Wing Belleville OHL
97 133 Bear, Ethan Defenseman Seattle WHL
98 136 Fortin, Alexandre Center Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL
99 171 Lizotte, Cameron Defenseman Peterborough OHL
100 125 Cho, Austin Defenseman St. College HIGH-ON
Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
101 66 Strand, Austin Defenseman Red Deer WHL
102 173 Crawley, Brandon Defenseman London OHL
103 197 Zborovskiy, Sergey Defenseman Regina WHL
104 111 Radke, Roy Right Wing Barrie OHL
105 74 Gates, Brent Center Green Bay USHL
106 109 McDermott, John Center Westminster HIGH-CT
107 87 Terry, Troy Right Wing/Center USA U-18 USHL
108 187 Gaudette, Adam Center Cedar Rapids USHL
109 145 Salituro, Dante Center Ottawa OHL
110 107 Jaremko, Jacob Center Elk River HIGH-MN
111 160 Hunt, Dryden Left Wing Medicine Hat WHL
112 113 Stephens, Mitchell Center Saginaw OHL
113 122 Wilkie, Christopher Right Wing Tri-City USHL
114 194 Borgen, William Defenseman Moorhead HIGH-MN
115 77 Jones, Caleb Defenseman USA U-18 USHL
116 108 Stephens, Devante Defenseman Kelowna WHL
117 176 Boka, Nicholas Defenseman USA U-18 USHL
118 140 Karnaukhov, Pavel Left Wing Calgary WHL
119 Laberge, Samuel Left Wing Rimouski QMJHL
120 124 McKenzie, Brett Center North Bay OHL
121 91 Leveille, Loik Defenseman Cape Breton QMJHL
122 148 Webster, Bailey Defenseman Saint John QMJHL
123 170 Pearson, Chase Center Youngstown USHL
124 150 Morrison, Brad Center Prince George WHL
125 Joseph, Mathieu Right Wing Saint John QMJHL
126 144 Bradley, Matthew Center Medicine Hat WHL
127 Gennaro, Matteo Center Prince Albert WHL
128 154 White, Colton Defenseman Sault Marie OHL
129 127 Addison, Jeremiah Left Wing Ottawa OHL
130 89 Alain, Alexandre Center Gatineau QMJHL
131 123 Vela, Marcus Center Langley BCHL
132 149 Freytag, Matthew Left Wing Tri-City USHL
133 128 Peters, Collin Center Sioux Falls USHL
134 110 Sideroff, Deven Right Wing Kamloops WHL
135 179 Pfeifer, Tristen Defenseman Everett WHL
136 139 Diffley, Brien Defenseman Boston University H-EAST
137 119 Lemcke, Justin Defenseman Belleville OHL
138 162 Michaud, Lucas Center Portland Pirates USPHL PRE.
139 143 Fox, Trent Center Belleville OHL
140 153 Lindberg, Brandon Center Sarnia OHL
141 Barre Boulet, Alex Center Drummondville QMJHL
142 59 Galipeau, Olivier Defenseman Val-D’or QMJHL
143 Texeira, Keoni Defenseman Portland WHL
144 Estephan, Giorgio Center Lethbridge WHL
145 181 Desrocher, Stephen Defenseman Oshawa OHL
146 106 Olson, Tate Defenseman Prince George WHL
147 117 McCool, Hayden Center Windsor OHL
148 102 Fitzgerald, Casey Defenseman USA U-18 USHL
149 203 Stevens, Luke Left Wing Noble Greenough HIGH-MA
150 159 Artemov, Artem Left Wing Saginaw OHL
Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
151 85 Fronk, Jiri Right Wing Cedar Rapids USHL
152 161 Keane, Jackson Center Winnipeg Blues MJHL
153 90 Pavlychev, Nikita Center Des Moines USHL
154 79 Askew, Cameron Center Moncton QMJHL
155 172 Shea, Ryan Defenseman Boston H.s. HIGH-MA
156 142 Moynihan, Connor Left Wing Halifax QMJHL
157 155 Myers, Philippe Defenseman Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL
158 132 Jaycox, Lukas Defenseman Warroad HIGH-MN
159 121 Tkachev, Vladimir Left Wing Quebec QMJHL
160 120 Simpson, Mark Center Acadie-Bathurst QMJHL
161 Weinger, Evan Right Wing Portland WHL
162 104 Gardiner, Reid Right Wing/Center Prince Albert WHL
163 137 Davis, Kevin Defenseman Everett WHL
164 166 Becker, Jack Center Mahtomedi HIGH-MN
165 McGauley, Tim Center Brandon WHL
166 163 Goulet, Alexandre Center Charlottetown QMJHL
167 Schmalz, Matt Right Wing Sudbury OHL
168 186 Laishram, Adam Right Wing Belleville OHL
169 93 Pawlenchuk, Grayson Left Wing Red Deer WHL
170 146 Smallman, Spencer Right Wing Saint John QMJHL
171 198 Demler, Brendan Defenseman Ohio (t1aaa) USMAAAE
172 191 Philp, Luke Center Kootenay WHL
173 167 Azar, Nick Defenseman Honeybaked (hphl) USMAAAE
174 134 Gatenby, Joe Defenseman Kelowna WHL
175 135 Macarthur, Tyler Defenseman Owen Sound OHL
176 Brooks, Adam Center Regina WHL
177 Hebig, Cameron Center Saskatoon WHL
178 151 Franzen, Gustaf Center Kitchener OHL
179 130 Fontaine, Gabriel Center Sherbrooke QMJHL
180 126 Van Boekel, Jack Defenseman Saint John QMJHL
181 175 Spaxman, Ethan Defenseman Waterloo USHL
182 168 Flanagan, Mckay Defenseman The Gunnery HIGH-CT
183 Kuhlman, Karson Right Wing/Center U MINN-DULUTH NCHC
184 164 Jensen, Kade Defenseman Lethbridge WHL
185 Davies, Michael Left Wing Kitchener OHL
186 Poehling, Jack Left Wing Lakeville North HIGH-MN
187 196 Bell, Jason Defenseman Saint John QMJHL
188 Buono, Carmine Defenseman Powell River BCHL
189 Zipp, Michael Defenseman Calgary WHL
190 Reilly, William Defenseman North York OJHL
191 Poehling, Nicklaus Left Wing Lakeville North HIGH-MN
192 182 Gardner, Rhett Left Wing/Center Okotoks AJHL
193 115 Marcoux, Antoine Center Victoriaville QMJHL
194 96 Szypula, Ethan Center Owen Sound OHL
195 Aldworth, Thomas Right Wing Vernon BCHL
196 183 Hughes, Cameron Center U Wisconsin BIG10
197 Polei, Evan Left Wing Red Deer WHL
198 141 Seney, Brett Left Wing Merrimack H-EAST
199 189 Finlay, Liam Right Wing Vernon BCHL
200 Berg, Adam Left Wing Calgary Mustangs AJHL

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