31-in-31: Calgary Flames

Joel Henderson















July 31-in-31: Calgary Flames

Draft picks! The Flames have a pick in the first round! This territory is unusual for the club. Last season saw zero picks until the fourth round and the season before that, only one pick in the top three rounds. The phones were rumored to be quite busy with the intent to acquire a few more picks but there seemingly was no trade down situation where Calgary ended up being comfortable. In the 2017 edition of Flames 31-in-31, I spoke of the four categories I’d seen the Flames target as for style of selections. They were…


  1. Small, skilled, high-potential forwards
  2. Players who fell since midterm rankings
  3. Close-to-home projects
  4. Big projects. 


The last number of years, the trend of bigger projects and close-to-home projects were simply not working out. I’m not sure if Calgary fell in love with players they saw more viewings of but it was not a good fit. If they could try to snap up some potential players who fell or were being looked over due to size, it could work wonders. You could argue that Milos Roman, Dmitri Zavgorodniy and Emilio Pettersen all fit the profile from 2018. 


So with that in mind, let’s look at the five new Calgary Flames selections to start off today’s 31-in-31. 


First Round Pick (26) Jakob Pelletier – LW – Moncton Wildcats – QMJHL


Jakob Pelletier was a real good bet to go at the end of the first round or somewhere at the top of the second. Many saw the undersized, gritty, talented forward as a safer bet due to the type of work ethic he showcases along with the skill. He is kind of an enigma as you rarely find players under six feet tall that you’d refer to as ‘safe’ at this point in the draft. There are obvious needs for Calgary along the right side as well as on the backend, especially if the strategy is taking a player who is most likely a couple years away from development. There were those type of players available at the draft who seemingly