The Calgary Flames have developed a habit in the past three seasons. This habit, of turning young, previously unheralded, inexperienced players into NHL regulars, is set to continue as the young club continues to mature its talent. Last season it was Clarke Wilm who surprised observers by sticking with the club for the entire season. Who will be this seasons’ Clarke Wilm?
In 1996/97 this trend started with defenceman Todd Simpson and winger Jarome Iginla both making the Flames, and playing in the entire 82 game schedule. Simpson was more of a surprise than Jarome Iginla. Iginla had already grabbed headlines twice during the previous season. First he was the compensation for Joe Nieuwendyk in a deal with the Dallas Stars. Secondly, he scored a goal in his first NHL game, in game 3 of that seasons unsuccessful playoff series against Chicago.
In 1997/98, Steve Begin and Derek Morris, both recent draft picks, started the season in Calgary, with only Morris managing to both survive and thrive in the NHL in his first attempt.
In 1998/99, Clake Wilm won his roster spot over players like Sergei Varlamov and Travis Brigley. Rico Fata and Martin St. Louis began the journey but both returned to junior and the minors respectively, leaving Wilm to carry the torch of the rookies forward. Wilm played consistently well all season long, showing an occasional offensive touch, but developing as a strong third line defensive forward, often playing in key situations and against the opponents best players.
“What? We passed over Lundmark and Shvidki for Oleg WHO?!?” That was the question of the day yesterday as Calgary traded the 9th overall pick, Jan Hlavac and a third round pick to the New York Rangers in return for C Marc Savard and the 11th overall pick. The Flames then drafted Russian Oleg Saprykin of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.
Here are the complete list of all the Flames picks from the 1999 Entry Draft
R # Player Pos Hgt/Wgt GP G A Pts PIM
1 11 Oleg Saprykin – Seattle (WHL) C 6’0 173 66 47 46 93 107
2 38 Dan Cavanaugh – Boston Uni. (NCAA) C/RW 6’1 190 33 6 7 13 54
3 77 Craig Andersson – Guelph (OHL) G 6’2 170 21 12W – 5L – 1T 3.10
4 106 Roman (Rail) Rozakov – Lada T. (RUS) D 6’1 198 – – – – -
5 135 Matt Doman – Wisconsin (NCAA) RW 6’1 218 32 5 3 8 50
5 153* Jesse Cook – Denver (NCAA) D 6’6 218 30 0 9 9 22
6 166 Cory Pecker – Sault St. Marie (OHL) C 6’0 190 68 25 34 59 24
6 170* Matt Underhill – Cornell (NCAA) G 6’2 195 25 7W – 10L – 4T 2.95
7 190 Blair Stayzer – Windsor (OHL) LW 6’3 207 62 12 19 31 140
9 252 Dmitri Kirilenko – CSKA (RUS) C 5’11183 37 4 4 8 22
153* Compensatory pick for the loss of Group III free agent James Patrick (signed w/ Buffalo)
170* Compensatory pick for the loss of Group III free agent Ron Stern (signed w/ San Jose)
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Archived June 26, 1999
The Calgary Flames have the best group of prospects of any orginization in the HNL according to Hockeysfuture’s latest Orginizational Rankings. However Calgary’s time on top of the ratings could be short lived.
Calgary has failed to come to terms with two highly rated prospects from the 1997 Entry Draft. 6th rated goaltender (see the new updated top 25 players in the left hand column.) Evan Lindsey failed to come to terms with Calgary and will re-enter the 1999 draft along with OHL stand-out forward Ryan Ready. Ready, who helped guide the Bellville Bulls to the Memorial Cup, joined Lindsay in asking Calgary for what GM Al Coates termed ‘first round money’. With the signings of centre Daniel Tkazcuk and defenceman Chris St. Croix, Coates said that there was not enough money available in the Flames budget to sign Lindsay and Ready, an OHL All-Star, for the amounts they were asking. Both of these players now re-enter the draft.
Of the 1997 draftees, the Flames have only signed Tkazcuk, St. Croix, John Tripp and Erik Andersson. Andersson has since been traded to Chicago, and Tripp spent much of 1998/99 in the ECHL.
The signing of Daniel Tkazcuk came down to the wire. The Flames and Tkazcuk had agreed on the basic terms of Tkazcuks’ first professional contract, but disagreed over the bonus structure. The Flames finally conceded to Tkazcuks wishes and the contract was signed just five minutes before the deadline.
Calgary starts the third season in its official re-building with the 1999 Entry Draft. For a franchise suffering with a low-budget and with many long term needs to fill, drafting good players becomes a key to long term competitiveness. The Flames already have a very solid core of good young prospects, with Hockeysfuture giving the nod to the Flames as the orginization with the best group of young prospects in the NHL. Now is the time where Calgary will need a solid draft again in order to solidify its position and its talent going into the next millenium.
Best Player vs Needs
Without a doubt Calgary will draft the best player available for the early rounds of this draft. The team identified several needs in last years draft, but always selected the best player available regardless of need. The needs list from last years draft will apply once again this year.
The Flames would like to draft skill, size and character with this draft, although they have shown in recent times that size will take a back seat to skill and character. In last years draft, the Flames went with talented players that demonstrated the attitudes and leadership that they think a player requires in order to succeed at the NHL level, especially during the early rounds of the draft. Skating ability remains important to the Flames when drafting. The Flames have made mistakes in the past by drafting players whose skating was suspect and will not make that mistake again.
…and those needs are… Read more»
Player: Tyler Moss
Birthdate: June 29, 1975
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 184 lbs
Tyler was acquired from the Calgary Flames. Tyler had a brief stint in St. Johns for the St. Johns Flames of the AHL where he played in 9 games and had a record of 2-5-1 with a 3.16 GAA and a .897 save %. Tyler also played 11 games up in Calgary with a 3-7-0 record and a 2.51 GAA. Last year Tyler won the Hap Holmes Memorial trophy for the lowest GAA in the AHL. He had the lowest GAA in the playoffs with a 2.91 GAA and help the Saint John Flames advance to the Calder Cup Final. Tyler was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Read more»