Calgary Flames General Manager Brad Treliving has acquired an embarrassment of riches in the course of his tenure, and recently started to see results from past drafts and acquisitions. After a surprising 2014-15 season, the Flames should shed the label of underdogs, as former prospects like Josh Jooris and Sean Monahan graduated along the way to leading the scrappy Flames into the playoffs.
Sweden once again proved to be the hottest European commodity at the NHL Draft. This is a trend that began in 2011, when Sweden saw an outstanding and record-setting 28 players taken, eight more than the year before. In 2012, another 22 were selected. In 2013, that number increased slightly, seeing another 25 Swedes taken. Then it 2014, it became 31, 28 of whom were Swedish-born. Read more»
With nine draft picks heading into the 2015 NHL Draft, Calgary Flames‘ GM Brad Treliving utilized a package of three picks to acquire one of the most promising up-and-coming defencemen in the game, Dougie Hamilton. GM Treliving sent the 15th pick overall and two second round picks (45 and 52) to the Boston Bruins in return for the 22-year-old blueliner. Last year, in his third NHL season, Hamilton posted career-highs in scoring with 10 goals and 32 assists. Calgary recently signed Hamilton to a six year contract, solidifying their defensive core for the long-term with a new key component. Read more»
Among North American skaters rated in the middle rounds of the 2015 NHL Draft, there are a number of interesting defensemen available that have not yet garnered a consensus opinion over where they will be selected. The confusion is for good reason, as the mix features puck-movers, defensive defensemen, and steady, two-way players who control the game from the blueline. Read more»