Photo: Center Max Reinhart will return for his second pro season with Abbotsford, a team that will receive a new injection of talented prospects at every position (courtesy of Ian Harding/Icon SMI)
As the 2013-14 season kicks off, the Calgary Flames find themselves with a restocked arsenal of quality prospects in the system. The Flames have promising talent developing in various leagues which is resulting in players moving up the ranks of the organization.
Photo: Winger Sven Baertschi, who skated in 20 games with the Flames last season, will lead a youth movement in Calgary during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Calgary Flames utilized the 2013 NHL Draft to continue building up the new foundation in Calgary by stocking up on talented prospects. General Manager Jay Feaster made eight draft picks and selected a group of four versatile forwards and four solid defensemen.
Photo: Calgary selected Ottawa 67′s center Sean Monahan at sixth overall, the highest pick the Flames have had since the late 1990′s (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Calgary Flames entered the 2013 NHL Draft with a committed plan to rebuild and selected key players to help construct the new foundation. Prior to the draft, General Manager Jay Feaster traded away Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich to the Colorado Avalanche for David Jones and Shane O’Brien. The trade continues the trend of adding youth, fresh energy, and a new look to the organization.
Photo: Finnish defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was the first of 11 players to have the Buffalo Sabres call their name at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The 2013 NHL Draft was considered by many to be the deepest draft in the last decade, with potential franchise players not just available at the top of the order, but all the way through the first round and into the second.
Photo: Sven Baertschi, Calgary’s 13th overall pick in 2011, finished 2012-13 on a seven-game point streak, scoring three goals and six assists (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Calgary Flames head into the 2013 NHL Draft four years removed from the playoffs. General Manager Jay Feaster has come to terms that the team is in a “rebuilding” mode rather than a “retooling” one. Gone is former captain Jarome Iginla and assistant captain Jay Bouwmeester, and in return are two first round picks acquired via both players waiving their no-trade clauses at trade deadline. The status of goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is in the balance and his decision could also change the dynamics of the team next year should he decide to retire. The Flames find themselves at an interesting junction with a lot of questions to be answered. The upcoming draft could be the most important one in the team’s history.