The Calgary Flames earned the sixth overall pick in the NHL draft by playing poorly this season. They added first-round picks from St. Louis (in the Jay Bouwmeester trade) and Pittsburgh (via the Jarome Iginla deal).
Scoring an elite prospect with their first pick shouldn't be hard, given the quality at the top of this draft. But the draft offers some depth, too, so the Flames could add several good prospects to their pile this summer.
Right now Flames management is leaning toward using all the picks rather than packaging them to move up or trading some of them for proven talent.
"I think the upper parts of this draft are really strong," Flames assistant general manager John Weisbrod told NHL.com. "It's tough to compare [drafts] year to year, but some are deeper than others in terms of some really good players available in the fifth, sixth or seventh rounds -- I would sort of describe this year's draft as similar to that.
"I think it's a really strong draft all the way into the third round. So from our standpoint, it makes me excited about having three picks in the first round because there are a lot of high-potential players in this pool.
“You obviously have the premier players at every position. Seth Jones is a horse on the back end, and as far as goaltending goes, Zach Fucale is really strong. But I believe the strongest position is probably up front, particularly down the middle, with some really good centers all throughout the top of the draft.”