July 31, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Calgary Flames in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:
Top Prospects Drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 2015 NHL Draft
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ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Calgary Flames in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:
Oliver Kylington (ISS Ranked #32 in 2015, Overall drafted #60 in 2015 NHL Draft) – Excellent value pick at #60, smooth skating offensive defenseman with an abundance of natural skill. Kylington is one of the most intriguing players in this year’s draft. The type of player who is very devise amongst scouts, you either love him or hate him. He is a supremely gifted skater and puck handler. The Flames already loaded on defense can afford to be patient and give him the time he needs to develop.
Sam Bennett (ISS Ranked #4 in 2014, Overall drafted #4 in 2014 NHL Draft) – A dynamic two-way forward that can score goals from anywhere in the OZ. Speed, Smarts & Skill. Very competitive, chippy at times. Plays 200 foot game. Won’t be long until Bennett is an impact player at the NHL ranks. A one-two of Monahan and Bennett down the middle have the Flames in an excellent position for the future. Not much down side to this player.
Sean Monahan (ISS Ranked #9 in 2013, Overall drafted #6 in 2013 NHL Draft) – Incredible hockey IQ and work ethic on both sides of the puck have made him a fan favorite. A character center who will be a vital piece to any success the Flames have in the next 5-10 years.
Mark Jankowski (ISS Ranked #55 in 2012, Overall drafted #21 in 2012 NHL Draft) – Rated as 2nd round pick the Flames went off the board selecting Jankowski with the 21st overall pick. Playing for Providence College the Flames have continued the patient approach hoping Jankowski could develop into an impact two way forward for the Flames down the road.
BEST VALUE PICK SINCE 2010:
John Gaudreau (ISS Ranked #196 in 2011, Overall drafted #104 in 2011 NHL Draft) – An absolute 4th round steal for the Flames in 2011 draft. Has thrived exceptionally well with few extra years of development after being drafted in 2011. Gaudreau has quickly developed into one of the best young offensive forwards in the NHL.
“General Manager Brad Treliving believes in building from the backend out and despite already having the most productive defense in the NHL last season with 195 points when the opportunity came up to acquire 22 yr old stud dmen Dougie Hamilton he couldn’t resist. Acquired from the Boston Bruins for a first-round pick and two second-rounders the 22-year-old bolsters a defence corps that already includes Mark Giordano, Dennis Wideman, T.J. Brodie, Kris Russell, Ladislav Smid and Deryk Engelland. When looking at this year’s draft, none of these kids will make an immediate impact for the Flames, but Oliver Kylington in particular—has the type of offensive potential that could turn out to be “home-run”. Drafted by Brandon Wheat Kings in 2015 CHL Import draft it’s starting to look like that is where he will be playing 2015/16 season. Although not official yet some of the things that have to happen are happening. #1 he signed with Flames, and #2, need Sweden to accept reassignment to a NA team; apparently that happened this week”. – Dennis MacInnis, Director of Scouting at ISS Hockey
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