30 in 30: Calgary Flames

Joel Henderson

2016-07-06

The Flames came into the 2016 draft with a pile of draft picks. At the trade deadline, GM Treliving made sure to move expiring contracts to stockpile picks for the future. Here's a bit of a look at who they added. 

 

Matthew Tkachuk, LW/RW, 6th Overall  

If you were following closely, GM Treliving was having conversations with everyone under the sun about the potential of trading up or down in this draft including EDM and CBJ. It was pretty clear that Calgary wanted a bigger body (6'2, 200) to play in the top-6, and if five forwards were taken with the first five picks, Flames would have a tough choice. After the smoke cleared, Matthew Tkachuk was available and Calgary is happy to have him.  

Matthew Tkachuk is the son of former NHL player, Keith Tkachuk and put up 107 points in 57 games in the regular season for the London Knights. He collected a bronze medal at the WJC and scored the game winning goal in the Memorial Cup, while playing along side a smattering of future NHL players. While some scouts have reservations of his inflated stats from playing with top players, others see it as a wonderful gift. He has soft hands, drive the net hard, and can score goals from tipping in pucks, snipe goals in close, or cash in on rebounds. He has outstanding vision though as well which might make him more of a playmaker if anything. Tkachuk is a gritty, well balanced, power forward who works incredibly hard and seems to have fallen into the laps of Calgary. This is almost identical to how they got Sam Bennett.  

Things to watch for: 

  1. Matthew has already spoke about being asked to potentially moving to the RW. This makes sense moving forward, but if he gets sent back to junior which position will be continue to develop? 

  2. GM Treliving has spoken about the importance of creating line pairings in Calgary. Bennett is someone he has mentioned that has yet to find a pairing with.   

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Tyler Parsons, G, 54th Overall. (pick acquired from Florida for Jiri Hudler) 

When you look at the Memorial Cup Champion, London Knights, it's tough to see Parsons among all that future NHL talent. When you do focus on him, you see his