The NHL convened in Dallas for the first night of the Entry Draft and the Calgary Flames were quiet as they didn’t have a pick nor make any trades to make on Friday night.
Coming into the draft it had become abundantly clear that the Flames weren’t likely going to be able to move back into the first round after dealing that pick for Travis Hamonic last summer.
As for the trades, it was somewhat surprising to see almost no trading during the draft with the exception of two pick swaps as well as a player trade in the afternoon which sent Phillip Grubauer to Colorado.
The Flames had been rumored to be looking at making some moves with names like Elias Lindholm being linked to Calgary but nothing materialized on night one. In a sense it might be good that Treliving didn’t try to force anything/overpay.
I’d still expect something to happen tomorrow, but at the very least we’ll get to see the Flames finally pick at #105 barring any other trades.
As for other news from the first round of the draft:
- Sabres and Canes follow the script by taking Rasmus Dahlin and Andrei Svechnikov respectively
- Brady Tkachuk joins Ottawa which means we’ll only see Tkachuk vs Tkachuk twice each year
- Noah Dobson was selected by the Islanders with the first round pick Calgary traded
We had some fun on twitter tonight as we got to just sit back and watch the draft rather than worrying about who the Flames might be picking.
Here are some of our highlights/favorite tweets from this evening:
I’ve always wondered if some of the GM’s just go up to each other and say “Let’s pretend to have a long conversation and see if the press and fans freakout.” #NHLDraft18— Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) June 22, 2018
CONFIRMED: Flames Red looks better on Tkachuk’s than Sens Red— Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) June 23, 2018
The Flames are definitely just watching Netflix at their table— Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) June 23, 2018
Craig Conroy accidentally reset the Netflix password. Chaos ensued. https://t.co/emJroCKfuH— Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) June 23, 2018
I think Brian Burke has called 2/3 of this draft small and been unsure about them as a result #truculence— Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) June 23, 2018
Brad Treliving has been aggressively working the phones and constantly checking with his table the last few minutes...— Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) June 23, 2018
Oh wait he’s just ordering some pizza and wings
Source: Don Maloney can’t decide between Salt & Pepper and Honey Garlic wings.— Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) June 23, 2018
And finally we ended the night with...
Only 2.5 more rounds until the Flames pick— Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) June 23, 2018