The NHL entry draft is just one week away, and beyond the first two picks, it's still not entirely clear who is going to go where. Is Connor McDavid going to be an Oiler? Yes. Is Jack Eichel going to be a Sabre? Also yes.
After that, it's: Who are the Coyotes taking? Is that going to impact the Leafs' decision? Who does that leave the Hurricanes with? What about the Devils? Does that mean the Flyers are going to take another defenceman? And on, and on, and on.
By the time you get to the 15th pick, it's very confusing, and hard to predict. That doesn't mean people aren't going to try, though. So, without further delay, here's who various experts (or not-experts) have the Flames picking, according to their own mock drafts.
(Some of these may not be up to date in regards to the entire first round order, but they are within the first 15 picks, which is all we really care about.)
|Mock Draft||15th overall selection||Position|
|SB Nation||Jeremy Roy||D|
|Torie Peterson||Oliver Kylington||D|
|Aaron Vickers||Nick Merkley||RW|
|Jason Johnson||Thomas Chabot||D|
|Andrew Schopp||Nick Merkley||RW|
|Paul Mawdsley||Jakub Zboril||D|
|Bob McKenzie||Travis Konecny||C|
|Craig Button||Mathew Barzal||C|
|Draft Utopia||Evgeny Svechnikov||LW|
|Today's Slap Shot||Nick Merkley||RW|
|McKeen's Hockey||Jakub Zboril||D|
|The Hockey Writers||Nick Merkley||RW|
|Overtime Sports Nation||Travis Konecny||C|
|BSN Denver||Timo Meier||RW|
|My NHL Draft||Jakub Zboril||D|
|Draft Analysis||Jeremy Roy||D|
|Forever BeLeafing||Kyle Connor||LW|
|USA Today Sports||Thomas Chabot||D|
|Hockey's Future||Nick Merkley||RW|
|Draft Site||Travis Konecny||C|
|Damien Cox||Travis Konecny||RW|
|The Sports Bank||Timo Meier||RW|
|Nice Skates, Wanna Puck?||Colin White||C|
Considering the Flames' needs - defence and right wing - it's not surprising to see a lot of people have Calgary taking someone at one of those positions. Some of these picks hinge on players going later than expected - Barzal especially, and it would be a dream if he fell to 15th - but for the most part, there's a good, healthy mix of guys who could all be available.
Did we miss a mock draft? Feel free to tell us in the comments! There are dozens of these things out there - dozens! - and it's always cool to see just who people think the Flames will pick.