Well that was Vanilla.
Calgary has made no significant moves at the draft as of yet after 5 rounds unless you count the acquisition of Henrik Karlsson from san jose, he a huge Swedish goalie, for a late round pick at this draft. He's 26 and you'd imagine he's the top spot for the #2 position in Calgary this year.
The biggest and most mind boggling blunder was when Kabanov, who every scout had with top 5 skill and Lindros type issues fell into their lap in the third round and they didn't gamble on him. Instead they picked another decent third round pick in Reinhardt who had a decent season but is nothing spectacular. Sutter always said you should pick the best player available regardless of what you need, well Kabanov was without a doubt the best player available and they passed. The next pick immediately afterwards was the islanders taking Kabanov and probably giggling like schoolgirls about it, the islanders made some great draft choices!
What is with the picking of son's of ex players?? Ramage?? Well his dad helped us to a cup so let's hope he can too.
The Vancouver trade is not good for Vancouver. Ballard is a d like many other d, nothing too special here and they gave up what amounts to three firsts for him...ouch. Bernier, Grabner and the pick they shuttled off were a lot to pay for what they got.
Hall going to Edmonton is good for Calgary in one way, how many times have Oiler fans said, "yeah but your best player is from Edmonton!!" Well... Hall is from Calgary so hopefully that will end that. Anyway Congratulations Edmonton, your prize for being the worst team in the league has arrived.
I attended the NHL awards last week and will have my blog up shortly, I wanted to throw my two cents in about the Draft first though. Basically it was super Vanilla and the faith that Flames fans had in Sutter is almost completely gone now. There is the Summer to make it up to use but this draft, the passing of Kabanov and the lack of needed movement has been telling. Sutter is on his last legs with fans and this Summer is his last chance.