The Calgary Flames will be selecting 26th overall at this year’s NHL entry draft in Vancouver. Earlier this week we previewed five potential selections with that pick. Now it’s time to analyze the other options for what to do with that pick.
A) Trade Down
Calgary will once again be entering the draft holding only a few picks. The Flames currently hold their first, their third, the Islanders fourth, their fifth, and the Hurricanes seventh. There is little differential value between late first round picks and second round picks, so perhaps Calgary could find a team wanting to move back into the first round, and pick up a 2nd plus a mid-late round pick in return.
B) Trade Up
On the other end of the spectrum, perhaps there’s a guy that the Flames really want. Maybe there’s a guy you really want the Flames to get. They could explore the possibility of trading up, although they don’t possess a lot of pick capital to do so. Calgary could look to package a player or prospect to make the deal work. Spencer Knight anyone?
C) Trade for a Roster Player
Brad Treliving has never been one to shy away from big deals on the draft day. There was the Hamilton-Hanifin blockbuster last year, the Hamonic blockbuster the year before, the Brian Elliott deal, and Hamilton again the year before that. With some potential big names on the move at the draft, does Brad Treliving get a little crazy again?
D) Stand Pat
The easiest and least chaotic option, but also the least fun.
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