It came as no surprise, Daryl Sutter trading down to the 23rd pick from 20 to pick up an additional 3rd round pick. This is interesting for a few reasons, Calgary already had two 3rd round picks and no 2nd round picks, they must have been comfortable that the guy they wanted would still be there three picks away so they traded. As soon as that trade went down, with guys like Carter Ashton and Jordan Schroeder available I immediately realized they were picking off the board a bit. In addition that extra 3rd round pick was kind of odd, would they flip them for a 2nd rounder? No. They would trade it and the rights for Jordan Leopold to Florida for the rights to Bouwmeester.
So before the 2nd round even started it's been interesting, I'll address Erixon first. I was a bit surprised they went with this kid but in retrospect he does fit, he is projected to be a top 4 D who is calm and makes good plays, not overly physical but has a high compete level. He is a project who is at least a few years away, he will have to put on about 20 lbs to make this team and he has to wait behind Negrin, Aulie and Pelech at the very least.
Jay Bouwmeester. I think the consensus is that the Flames will have to move some salary, somewhere between two to three million. Sutter would not trade for this guy unless he was confident he could sign him, the thought of Dion, Rocket Robin, Bouwmeester, Sarich, Giordano and Pelech is fun, I would like to see Vandermeer go but he's not the worst 6-7 guy ever! You want to play more defensively? Well here you go! Sadly this might be end of the ride for Pardy although I hope not because he is awesome!
The next few days should be interesting if Bouwmeester will agree in essence to a deal there could be another big deal very shortly.