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Flames take eight in 2021 NHL Draft

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The Calgary Flames re-stocked their prospect cupboard this weekend.

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The Flames took eight players in total in the 2019 NHL Draft: five forwards, two defencemen and one goaltender.

Here’s a breakdown of the players they selected with a comment on each from both the player himself and Flames director of amateur scouting Tod Button:

1st Round, 13th overall

Matt Coronato

From: Greenlawn, NY

Team: Chicago Steel (USHL)

Height: 5-foot-1

Weight: 183 lb.

Position: Right wing

Shot: Right 

What he says: “I think something I’m proud of in my game is the ability to play a 200-foot game and be competitive in all three zones and I can contribute in all three zones … I think my work ethic might be my biggest asset. I think the goal-scoring and that are two things I need to continue to work on but I like about my game.”

What Flames director of amateur scouting Tod Button says: “Really happy about him. It was one of those picks where the need intersected with the best player on our list — that worked out well. Skilled right-winger, scores in a variety of ways. He’s not one-dimensional, he can make plays on the move, and he has a good 200-foot game that’s going to mature as he goes to college, but we got him for his offence and the different ways he can create and the different ways he can finish.”

2nd Round, 45th overall

William Stromgren

From: Örnsköldvisk, Sweden

Team: Modo Hockey

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 175 lb.

Position: Left wing

Shot: Left

What he says: “First of all, I’m an offensive player. I like to have the puck, I like to be creative, I like to score goals. I’m an offensive guy.”
What Button says:  “A guy we liked all year … He’s a tall, lanky left wing. We talked about the draft this year and the pandemic and how hard it is. He was a guy we were able to track early and watch his progression, and he wasn’t experienced in higher levels of hockey, so we watched that progress this year … He’s got a lot of raw ability, we’ve just got to get him the necessary experiences where he can learn when to use his skill instead of, I know he’s a dynamic personality, he wants to use his skill all the time … He’s got reach, he’s got vision, he’s a really good skater, he’s got quick feet. Has just gotta gain experience and go through the necessary physical development.”

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3rd Round, 77th overall

Cole Huckins

From: Fredericton, N.B.

Team: Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight 200 lb.

Position: Centre

Shot: Left

What he says: “I’m a big power forward who has got that offensive touch. I’m big, and I like to use my body, but I like to score, as well.”

What Button says: “Cole was a high pick in the QMJHL draft … He’s a big, range-y left wing. He’s got work to do on his mobility, but he can skate in straight lines, he’s got a really good reach, he’s good at protecting pucks. We see him as a left-wing, even though he’s played a little centre, and he’s got a mean streak. He can complement skilled players by going to the net and creating space and then finishing around the net.

3rd round, 89th overall

Cameron Whynot

From: Kentville, N.S.

Team: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 180 lb. 

Position: Defence

Shot: Left

What he says: “I think I’m a two-way d-man. I like to chip in offensively, but I also play really good defensively. I’m more of a two-way guy who is a good skater who can play in all situations.”

What Button says: “What I would call, probably, a today-type defenceman. He’s mobile, he moves pucks, he can carry the puck up the ice. He’s another kid who is physically a little underdeveloped, so he’s gotta put some weight on and some strength, which is going to help his defending game. He’s a pretty good defender as far as contain, but where he needs to assert himself is be more physical — that’s the part where he’s going to develop his game and he gains more strength and develops physically.”

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Moose Jaw Warriors’ Cole Jordan (right) bugs his opponent during the third period of a WHL hockey game at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Photo by Ian Kucerak/Postmedia
Moose Jaw Warriors’ Cole Jordan (right) bugs his opponent during the third period of a WHL hockey game at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Photo by Ian Kucerak/Postmedia Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

5th round, 141st overall

Cole Jordan

From: Brandon, Man.

Team: Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 173 lb.

Position: Defence

Shot: Left

What he says about his game: “I think I’m a big, puck-moving defenceman, and I think my skating is probably my biggest asset. I like to try to contribute offensively, as well, I take great pride in my defensive game. I think that’s what I can bring to the table.”

What Button says: “He’s a little bit bigger than I think he’s listed … He’s a really good skater … He’s more of a defender type. (Scout Darren Kruger) doesn’t think he’s going to run the power-play any time soon, but he thinks he’s got potential to improve his offensive game.”

6th round, 168th overall

Jack Beck

From: Richmond Hill, Ont.

Team: Ottawa 67’s (OHL)

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 161 lb.

Position: Left wing

Shot: Left

What he says about his game: “Personally, I think I’m a skilled forward who likes to use his vision and I.Q. to the best of my abilities. I like to find my teammates all over the ice and just a guy that everybody loves to be around, big energy guy on the bench and in the room. I just like to bring up all my teammates.”

What Button says: “He didn’t play any games this year but did a lot of training. We have him as a winger-centre — he’s versatile. He was on a pretty good team last year, so he didn’t get to play his position growing up as a centre. They moved him around the lineup. He’s a scrappy kid. He’s more of a playmaking/vision type guy.”

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6th round, 173rd overall

Lucas Ciona

From: Edmonton, Alta.

Team: Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 210 lb.

Position: Left wing

Shot: Left

What he says about his game: “I’m a big power forward, very impactful on the ice with my body and my strength. I like to use my strength to open up space for my teammates. I like to get in the crease, get dirty in the corners and always use my body and my strength to the best of my abilities.”

What Button says about him: “Big, powerful winger. Underrated physical skill. He’s not going to beat guys off the rush that much, but what he is going to do is get to the net, create space for the skill guys and get some pucks in the net from in and around the hard areas. If you watch the playoffs, you see those guys have a lot of success. They create room for smaller guys, and he’s got enough ability to score when it matters and in the trench areas.”

7th round, 205th overall

Arseni Sergeyev

From: Yaroslavl, Russia

Team: Shreveport Mudbugs (North American Hockey League)

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 192 lb.

Position: Goaltender

What the Flames say: “We heard about him, we watched him on a lot of tape … He’s a guy we started tracking, went to the finals in the North American (Tier II junior) league … He’s a little bit raw, but he’s going to play at Tri-City in the USHL next year, and then he’s going to (NCAA) UConn, so we think we’ve got a guy in the pipeline and we’ll see where he’s at in four, five years.”

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