How the trades broke down on the first and second day as follows.
To Calgary: C Rob Niedermayer and the 56th overall pick in the 2nd round (G) Andrei Medvedev
To: Florida: RW Valeri Bure and C/LW Jason Wiemer
To Calgary: G Roman Turek and the 124th overall pick in the fourth round (LW) Egor Shastin
To: St.Louis: G Freddy Braithwaite, C Daniel Tkaczuk, LW Sergei Varlamov, and the 270th overall pick in the 9th round (C) Grant Jacobsen.
To Calgary: Dean McAmmond
To Philadelphia: Calgary’s 4th round pick in 2002 Entry Draft.
Three trades at the draft completely reshaped the Flames into a defensive unit with a couple of two-way players whom could solve their desperate penalty killing units. Overall both trades on the first day established two things for the Flames next season a reliable and legitimate number one goaltender who can play 65-70 games a year and a two-way second line center with size and speed.
So what in reality did Calgary actually give up well now the two forwards leaving cow town both take with them some baggage but each were skilled in their own right. The diminutive Val Bure is an exceptionally talented scoring winger whom could dazzle you with his flash and dash but had difficulty bying into a team concept if it did not fit his own purpose. There is no reason if he is healthy and happy that he cannot put up 60-70 points a year and is a complete menace on the power play. Bruising forward Jason Wiemer has little offensive upside with averaging only 10 goals ove Read more»
Day two saw the Flames still thinking BIG, three of their six picks on Sunday were a massive 6’2″, 6’3″, and 6’4″. “I had a plan. I wanted us to get bigger” says Mckenzie. And did they ever. Think back to the glory days in Calgary, size does matter. Mckenzie also stole another gem of a netminder in Levente Szuper of the Ottawa 67′s, taking Ottawa to the memorial cup in 99.
116th overall , Calgary selected Ottawa 67′s netminder Levente Szuper. This 5’11″ 20 year old has sensational speed, and is excellent on his feet. At 187 lbs Szuper has tremendous endurance, logging over 50 games last season. His 2.56 GAA gave him 3rd overall in the OHL , also boasting a .918 save percentage tying him for the league lead. With Szuper playing two full seasons with Ottawa we’ll most likely see him in Saint John playing for the baby Flames next season.
In the fifth round Calgary added to their list of WHL prospects choosing Wade Davis of the Calgary Hitmen, and Travis Moen of the Kelowna Rockets. Davis is a solid defensive defenseman recording 3g-15a and an impressive +32 rating last season for the Hitmen. Central Scouting ranked Davis 51st before saturdays draft. At only 18 this 6’4″ giant has some time to progress and develop into a major force on the blueline.
Travis Moen was selected 155th overall, Calgary’s fourth WHL prospect. Playing for the Kelowna Rockets last season Moen tallied 9g-6a in 66 games. At 6’2″ and 198lbs Moen loves the physical play. Look for Moen to continue developing with the Rockets squad next season.
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 a smile the cheshire cat would be envious of, Brent Krahn stood in front of a roaring crowd at the Saddle Dome with the confidence of a stanley cup veteran, and absorbed the moment he had been waiting for since he was a child living in the province Manitoba.
Ranked 1st among goaltenders in North America on the Central Scouting Mid-Term Report and he stayed that way until the final rankings. He was named the Hitmen’s Rookie of the year and earned WHL Goaltender of the month honors for the Eastern Conference in October. Brent’s performance in the Top Prospect game was nothing less than spectacular and showed he can raise his level of play in big games and can single handedly take over and dominate a game. With another year with the Hitmen and possibly one season in Saint John he could take the position of the number one guy in the year 2002. His concentration and focus are beyond his experience level and he never seems to get rattled or distracted by the traffic around him or when he has been scored against, he shows a similar demeanor to Grant Fuhr in that respect. Although he is a big kid his lateral movement and agility is exceptionally good, he takes advantage of his size in the crease and can be intimidating when players are in close and Brent should not have a problem at all with players trying to crash the net as they may get a rude awaking when they do.
Decisions, decisions, with only a few days left until the draft in Calgary the Flames have some BIG decisions to make. If the Flames opt to stay put at the ninth position, they must fill one of two of their long term needs, a goaltender or a strong impact forward capable of scoring 30+ goals. The players most likely to be around at the ninth pick are the three Russians, “C” Mikhail Yakubov, “RW” Pavel Vorobiev, “LW” Alexei Smirnov, a Czech “C” Vaclav Nedorost, and Canadian “G” Brett Krahn. With Calgary having 3 picks in the first two rounds they will be able to satisfy both needs whether they pick a goalie first or a scoring forward, there are a few solid players in the second round, “G” J.F Racine,”G” Peter Hamerlik, “LW” Max Birbraer,”C” Shane Endicott. And a host of other solid centermen.
However, the Flames may also want to trade up in the draft. 1st overall seems to be up for grabs according to Mike Milbury. With the draft here in Calgary, the Flames might want to make a little noise, giving up some youth and a pick for the Calgary man Dany Heatly. Giving up their ninth pick, possibly a second round pick, as well as Rico Fata, or Oleg Saprykin for the right to choose first overall. Fata would be the most likely to be traded, he is a right-winger and Calgary is very solid on that side of the ice.