Flames 2000 Entry Draft Review Part 1
With Calgary staying put in the ninth overall position, Mckenzie and the crew select Hitmen goaltender Brent Krahn. To the delight of the hometown crowd Krahn will be an integral part of the Flames franchise for years to come. Krahn had an outstanding season for the Hitmen recording 33 wins 6 losses 4 shutouts and a goals against average of 2.38 in 39 games. He’s a big man at 6’4″ 200lbs, somewhat a stand-up goaltender with an unbelievable glove hand. With his size he’s become a very good positional player, one thing he may need to work on his speed outside of the crease.
When asked about moving across the hallway to the Flames room Krahn replied, “Its really exciting. Calgary is a great city. I love the people here. I was extremely ecstatic when I got chosen. I can’t wait till training camp. Its unbelievable. Words can’t describe it.”
With Brathwaite and newly acquired Mike Vernon in the crease for Calgary, Krahn will learn and grow into a top goaltender in the NHL for years to come. Good job Mr. Mckenzie.
Calgary’s second round pick, 40th overall, nabbed a huge defenceman from the Peterborough Petes, Kurtis Foster. At 6’5″ 205 lbs, Foster boasts an excellent shot and great puck handling skills, as well as an excellent hockey sense on the ice. An upright skater with adequate mobility… a very steady and reliable defenseman. His size gives him the ability to utilize a very effective poke check. Foster is an excellent choice, lets hope his tenacity compares to his size.
With Calgary having 3 picks in the second round their 43rd pick was traded to the Washington Capitals for centerman Miika Elomo. Elomo a 1st rounder in 95′ has been compared to the pesky Oiler Esa Tikkanen, he’s a gritty forward with a good upside. His numbers last year for the Portland Pirates 21g-14a-35pts in 59 games.
Calgary’s 46th pick Jarret Stoll of the Kootenay Ice has excellent numbers, 37g-38a-75pts in 71 games. At 6’1″ 200lbs Stoll was a force with Kootenay last season, taking them to the WHL finals. A very consistent centerman with an excellent work ethic. A strong skater with amazing agility, a very good puck handler and has an outstanding on-ice awareness. An opportunist around the net and a very aggressive style of play should make a perfect fit in the Calgary organization.
The Flames seemed to have done their homework for this years draft, selecting some excellent Canadian talent. Only time will tell as these prospects grow from boys to men. All in all an excellent show in Calgary. Calgarians should be proud to call the Flames their own.