Today Darryl Sutter confirmed he is keeping the 2009 first round pick, he had the option of giving phoenix this pick or the 2010 pick in the Jokinen deal. This draft is generally considered deeper than next years draft which some are saying could be as bad as the '99 draft but having said that is the 20th over all pick going to be that great?
At number 20 the Flames could get lucky and still have a left wing prospect named Carter Ashton available but at 6'4" and 212 lbs I have a feeling he will be gone so why keep the pick? Calgary does not have a second round pick, that is with L.A. but they do have two fourth round picks and a third round pick. Sutter has usually traded away picks to move down in the draft but given the depth of this draft ends at around the 15th or so pick you have to wonder if he is not considering moving up. How much a move up would depend on what he was giving up along with the first pick this year, could you not foresee a possibility of the first round pick moving along with a high profile player for a 1st round this year or next year?
There is also the possibility there is a deal worked out right now where they give up their first round pick this year for a player, this is all speculation of course, but if they do then you would have to think that the player would be substantial.
Why would Sutter break from tradition? Why would he make a move like this? Because the Flames have a very small window to win a cup with a core that is just getting older and the young talent being just inexpensive enough to ice a solid line up. In addition Sutter has been, in addition to a guy who trades down, also a guy who likes the big splash at the draft and that could mean some exciting stuff for Flames fans on June 26th.