Flames do nothing at the draft

28 Jun


No news isn’t necessarily good news since the Flames have little left but shrapnel (useless chunks that usually become pains in the ass) from the Phaneuf and Jokinen trade. If one of the Sutters doesn’t sign Ian White by Thursday I’m not sure if they are trying to put together a winning team for 2011 or not.

  1. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Giving up their sixth-round selection to San Jose, the Flames picked up Swedish net-minder Henrik Karlsson – a 6-foot-5 behemoth who shares the same goaltending coach as Jonas Gustavson of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Karlsson will make the trip to Calgary for training camp and instantly become a favorite for the backup goalie spot behind Miikka Kiprusoff. The team would like to keep developing youngsters Leland Irving, and Matt Keetley, and Jeff Shantz becomes a free agent July 1.

    The 26-year-old Karlsson was a strong pickup and the Flames had nothing to lose by ditching the sixth-round selection.

    Despite a focus outside the organization on scoring needs, two of the Flames’ first three picks were defensemen. General manager Darryl Sutter and his scouting staff fell in love with defenseman Joey Leach while scouting their first pick, center Paul Reinhart, on the Kootenay Ice. And John Ramage stuck out as a tough competitor for the U.S. in the world junior championship.

    They did address future scoring talent with Reinhart and what they hope will be a steal in fourth-round pick Bill Arnold.

    Left wing Michael Ferland and right wing Patrick Holland are projects with scoring potential taken in the fifth and seventh round, respectively.