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Thanks to the Flames partial fire-sale during the season, they are in a unique position of owning three 1st round draft picks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft taking place in New Jersey. The draft is deemed by many scouts and hockey experts to be the deepest draft since the 2005 draft.

While this is music to the ears of Flames fans it has to make Flames scouts a little nervous. They have to, and I emphasize "HAVE TO" get all 3 picks perfect this year. The scouting team led by Todd Button better get this right or the next round of changes in the Flames organization won't be fire sale of the players. Feaster has no room to get cute this year and take a high school kid nobody has heard of (queue Jankowski in 2012).

So let's look at the best case scenarios for Flames.

Towards the end of the regular season I'm sure all Flames fans, like myself, were in the awkward position of still cheering for our team but at the same time hoping the team tanks completely to get a shot at the "big 3". To this same tune, these same fans are probably hoping Feaster has some magic tricks up his sleeve that will see the Flames trade their 6th pick and one of their other 1st round picks to obtain one of MacKinnon, Jones or Drouin. This would be the dream scenario for any Flames fan.

More realistically the Flames are more likely to obtain all three of their

1st round picks. Let's list 4 players at each pick who the Flames would be best suited to draft based on organizational needs. This is all based on the assumption one of them would be available:

The Calgary Pick (Need a center):
Aleksander Barkov - Big Finnish Center who is arguably 2nd best Center in the draft.

Valeri Nichushkin - Powerful Russian forward who has declared he will be coming to North America. Some scouts compare him to a mix of Malkin and Ovechkin.

Sean Monahan - Arguably one of the most NHL draft ready picks and a solid 2-way center

Elias Lindholm - Skilled Swedish Center who is a teenager playing amongst men in Sweden

The St. Louis pick:

Max Domi - Small skilled Center with great speed and playmaking abilities. Well built and can play the physical game.

Bo Horvat - Small but stock/solid player. Very skilled Center. Excellent playmaker and excellent vision on the ice. 2 way player.

Ryan Pulock - Well rounded offensive D-man who is also a good open ice hitter

Josh Morrissey - Smooth skating, puck moving defenceman who is high risk, high reward

The Pittsburgh pick:

Kerby Rychel - One of the best shots in the draft, is an excellent finisher when he's playing with the right playmaker. Good hockey sense.

JT Compher - Skilled Center with excellent hockey sense. Agitator with an outstanding work ethic. Speedy and great playmaking abilities.

Nic Petan - Small but speedy and skilled Center. Excellent playmaking ability and hockey sense.

Zach Furcale - Best Goalie available in the draft.
May 28, 2013 10:57 AM ET | Delete
Nichushkin is a winger. Also Bo Horvat isnt small. He isnt that big, but his real stocky and strong. Not super skilled, but one of the best two way players in the draft. If he is still available at the Stl pick, I will be very suprised. Think for the sixth overall Lindholm would be a good pick.
May 28, 2013 7:18 PM ET | Delete
The team should be open to trading down if they have no attachment to the players in that area of the draft.
May 29, 2013 7:47 AM ET | Delete
I dont think they should trade down. They need top talent every where, especially at center. Lindholm and monahan are good options. I personally like lindholm as i think he has more upside.
May 29, 2013 3:56 PM ET | Delete
We take Monohan, no brainer. I would try to get the 5th overall from Carolina with Gio
May 31, 2013 2:04 AM ET | Delete
If the top 5 dont change calgary would be crazy not to take lindholm.
June 2, 2013 4:32 PM ET | Delete
you kidding Kevin? We got rid of Jay-Bouw and you want to get rid of our best D-man for a prospect that we could easily get at 6? or trade down for? come on. If we trade up it will be for a top guy, not go up to pick down...
June 4, 2013 2:02 PM ET | Delete
She is going down like this folks! Flames need centers and defence. First two picks are going to be centers with the hopes that one of them pans out, then go Defense.1st Monhan/Lindholm, 2nd Petan/Gauthier, 3rd Bowey/Pulak
June 4, 2013 2:03 PM ET | Delete
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