The Blackhawks saw something they liked in Matheson Iacopelli. They moved up by trading Brandon Bollig to the Flames for the 83rd overall pick to get him.
Here's a video of Bollig's unique "skillset."
Bollig is a 6'3", 215 lb. center from St. Charles, Missouri. He was born on January 31st, 1987 and has scored seven goals with seven assists in 125 NHL contests with the Blackhawks.
He's also known as a fighter:
Bollig has 201 penalty minutes over his 125 contests. This includes a team-leading 92 last season when he appeared in all 82 contest for Chicago.
I don't know what's going on here. The Flames are taking this to another level. Bryce van Brabant, David Wolf, Hunter Smith (in a year or two), Kevin Westgarth, Brian McGrattan, and now Bollig give the Flames six enforcers who could fit at the NHL level. Will we be looking back at this development a few years from now as the first of a new model of NHL success? Only time will tell.
Stay tuned for more on the draft, here at Matchsticks and Gasoline.