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Flames choose Matthew Tkachuk sixth overall; trade for Brian Elliot

24 Jun

So who is Matthew Tkachuk?

More than just Keith Tkachuk’s kid, he’s a multi-dimensional energy winger who plays a pro-style, adaptive game. Well-versed as a guy who can consistently put up points, but also as an agitator who plays with a little bit of bite and nastiness. Skates with excellent balance and speed, outclassing many in his age range. No lack of offensive instincts and knows how to score in many different ways. Confidence in his abilities and playing to the extent of his capabilities strengthens his work ethic and creativity. All-in-all, a unique and effective forward who defines his own limits and seeks to exceed them, along with all on-ice expectations.

Thanks to Vancouver for not picking him right before us. I get you needed a defenceman, but you passed on Tkachuk? Thanks again!

CALGARY FLAMES 2016 DRAFT PICKS
ROUND PICK OVERALL TEAM PLAYER POS COUNTRY HT WT AMATEUR LEAGUE AMATEUR TEAM
1 6 6 CGY
MATTHEW TKACHUK L USA 6′ 1″ 202 OHL LONDON
2 24 54 FLA-CGY
TYLER PARSONS G USA 6′ 1″ 185 OHL LONDON
2 26 56 DAL-CGY
DILLON DUBE C CAN 5′ 10″ 183 WHL KELOWNA
3 5 66 CGY
ADAM FOX D USA 5′ 10″ 181 USHL USA U-18
4 5 96 CGY
LINUS LINDSTROM C SWE 5′ 11″ 165 SWEDEN-JR. SKELLEFTEA JR.
5 5 126 CGY
MITCHELL MATTSON C USA 6′ 4″ 191 HIGH-MN GRAND RAPIDS
6 5 156 CGY
EETU TUULOLA R FIN 6′ 1″ 224 FINLAND-JR. HPK JR.
6 15 166 MIN-CGY
MATTHEW PHILLIPS C CAN 5′ 6″ 140 WHL VICTORIA
7 5 186 CGY
STEPAN FALKOVSKY D BLR 6′ 7″ 224 OHL OTTAWA

Calgary acquires Brian Elliott from the Blues

The Flames acquired Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a second-round draft pick (35th overall) in 2018 and a conditional third-rounder.

A starter at $2.5M and one of the best records last year, for the low, low price of one of our two second round draft picks. His cap hit of $2.5 million this year gives the Flames tremendous flexibility this year and represent one of the best deals in the league for a starter given he led the NHL with a .930 save percentage last year.

No matter how much you love to watch the Flames squander their future, you’ve got to admit things have really picked up in the last few years.

Flames name Glen Gulutzan head coach

I know nothing of Gulutzan, other than I’m going to have to learn how to spell that name. So instead I’m going to cut and paste something from the Internet.

Gulutzan, a native of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, brings 15 years of coaching experience to the club. Prior to serving the Canucks, the 44-year-old was the head coach of the Dallas Stars for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons and before that, he led the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars for a pair of campaigns. In 2009-10, he took the AHL’s Stars to the Calder Cup finals.

Calgary Flames release 2016/17 schedule

The Flames will start with a home and home series with the Edmonton Oilers on October 12. Read the full schedule here.

Sean Monahan's hair

Sean Monahan’s hair

Las Vegas awarded NHL franchise

The expansion team will begin play in 2017-18 season, of course this means there will be an expansion draft before the start of next season.

The following rules were approved for the 2017 Expansion Draft:

Clubs will have two options for players they wish to protect in the Expansion Draft:

  • Seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender
  • Eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender

All players who have currently effective and continuing “No Movement” clauses at the time of the Expansion Draft (and who to decline to waive such clauses) must be protected (and will be counted toward their club’s applicable protection limits).

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