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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Calgary Flames draft preview

Jun 24, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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The Flames will certainly be focusing on offense this season, as
their system is flush with defensive prospects and severely lacking any
“wow” forwards. The Flames have traded away a number of their top
offensive prospects and haven’t had the top picks needed to really
bolster their system; which is unfortunate as the franchise is facing a
number of questions, especially on offense, heading into the next few
seasons.Unfortunately, because of the same reasons their lacking
offensive talent in the system, the Flames don’t pick until the third
round and will be hard pressed to find “can’t miss” talent this year.

2010 draft picks

Round 3 – 64th
Round 3 – 73rd
Round 4 – 103rd
Round 4 -
108th
Round 5 – 133rd
Round 6 – 163rd
Round 7 – 193rd

Top prospects (per Hockey’s
Future
):

1. Mikael Backlund, C
2. Greg Nemisz, RW
3. Tim Erixon, D
4.
John Negrin, D
5. T.J. Brodie, D
6. Ryan Howse, LW
7. Mitch
Wahl, C
8. Matt Pelech, D
9. Leland Irving, G
10. Matt Keetley,
G

What the blogs are saying:

Flames
Nation:

Of course, guessing picks in rounds three or later is several orders
of magnitude more difficult. Draft boards tend to diverge wildly outside
of the top 30 of any given draft, with some teams rating players that
others wouldn’t touch. The consensus ranks developed by groups such as
NHL central scouting are merely a sketchy roadmap for any wannabe draft
day prophet as well – each team has it’s own scouts, preferences and
priorities.

So while the Flames have easily identifiable
needs and draft habits, the fact that they don’t currently own a choice
in the top 60 means we’re throwing darts in the dark here. Doesn’t mean
that this isn’t a worthwhile exercise, but just don’t be surprised if
the Flames pick someone not mentioned (and perhaps, no one has ever
heard of) at #64.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. J. Harding (1533)
  2. C. Anderson (1498)
  3. B. Bishop (1470)
  4. C. Price (1464)
  5. A. Ekblad (1388)
  1. M. Staal (1364)
  2. M. Fleury (1362)
  3. D. Alfredsson (1337)
  4. J. Giguere (1319)
  5. D. Setoguchi (1180)