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Written  By Ryan Pike  |  Last updated 6/3/22

With the Calgary Flames no longer participating in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, the position of their draft selections in the upcoming NHL Draft have been set.

The Flames have three picks, with their first pick coming close to the end of the second round.

Picks the Flames own

2nd round – 59th overall


Our friends at Future Considerations have Finnish blueliner Otto Salin as their 59th-ranked player.


Craig Button at TSN has Guelph defender Michael Buchinger as his 59th-ranked player.


Smaht Scouting has London blueliner Isaiah George as their 59th-ranked player.


5th round – 155th overall


7th round – 219th overall

Picks that were traded

1st round – 26th overall (traded to Montreal)

This pick went to Montreal in the Tyler Toffoli trade. Toffoli is under contract for two more seasons at a $4.25 million cap hit.

2nd round – 61st overall (acquired from Florida, traded to Seattle)

The Flames acquired this pick from Florida in the Sam Bennett trade at last year’s trade deadline, then traded it to Seattle as part of the package to get Calle Jarnkrok at this year’s trade deadline.


3rd round – 90th overall (acquired from Toronto, traded to Chicago)


The Flames acquired this pick from Toronto in the David Rittich trade at last year’s trade deadline, then traded it to Chicago to get then-restricted free agent Nikita Zadorov last summer.


3rd round – 91st overall (traded to Boston)


The Flames traded this pick to Boston for Daniel Vladar last summer.


4th round – 123rd overall (traded to Seattle)

The Flames traded this pick to Seattle for Tyler Pitlick the day after last summer’s expansion draft.


6th round – 187th overall (traded to Florida, later traded again to Buffalo)


The Flames traded this pick to Florida as part of the Sam Bennett trade at last year’s trade deadline, and Florida subsequently traded it at this year’s trade deadline to land Robert Hagg.

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2nd Round (59th overall) Topi Ronni (C)


5th Round (155th overall) Parker Bell (LW)


7th Round (219th overall) Cade Littler (C)

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What to expect from the Calgary Flames at the 2022 NHL Draft


The 2022 NHL Draft is just under a month away – it takes place Thu., July 7 and Fri., July 8 in scenic Montreal, Quebec. The Calgary Flames have three picks as of right now, but based on their history they could be busy heading into the week.

Here’s some things to bear in mind and keep an eye on as we creep towards the draft.


The Flames currently have three picks

As of this writing, the Flames have the rights to three picks: their own picks in the second, fifth and seventh rounds, 59th, 155th and 219th overall, respectively.


If the Flames don’t acquire more picks, this will be the fewest selections they’ve made at any draft since the event was shortened to seven rounds in 2005.


It’s pretty rare for teams to stick with making so few picks: in the past five drafts, it’s happened twice – Toronto made three in 2021 and Columbus did it in 2019


The Flames will aim to make the best use of the picks they have, but don’t be shocked if they jump on opportunities presented to trade back in the draft order and gain some picks.

Age group and positional assets

The upcoming draft class will feature first-time draft eligible players born between Sept. 16, 2003 and Sept. 15, 2004 – feel free to take a minute to feel old, friends, I know I am…


Because they had a bunch of selections in the past few drafts, the Flames do have a decent amount of depth in terms of players born in 2001, 2003 and 2003:

  • 2001: G Dustin Wolf, G Daniil Chechelev, D Jake Boltmann, F Lucas Feuk, F Jakob Pelletier, F Connor Zary, F Josh Nodler and F Ilya Nikolaev
  • 2002: G Arsenii Sergeev, D Yan Kuznetsov, D Jeremie Poirier, D Cole Jordan, F Matt Coronato and F Rory Kerins
  • 2003: D Cameron Whynot, F William Stromgren, F Jack Beck, F Lucas Ciona and F Cole Huckins

The Flames are probably set for goalies, having three between 2001 and 2002 – and two of them are their league’s respective goalie of the year.


They went heavy on blueliners in their 2002 age group, with Kuznetsov and Poirier going pro this coming season. In terms of forwards with potential offensive impacts, they have a couple in 2001 (Pelletier, Zary), a couple in 2002 (Coronato, Kerins) and one in 2003 (Beck).


The Flames would probably like to get some additional defender options (Whynot had a rough year), but they always like to add scorers whenever possible. It’ll be curious to see how they balance those needs.

Treliving loves trades

If there’s one thing Flames general manager Brad Treliving likes to do, it’s make deals at the draft. He’s been GM since 2014 and he’s been at the helm through eight previous drafts. At those draft weekends, he’s made four significant trades:

  • Acquiring Dougie Hamilton from Boston in 2015
  • Acquiring Brian Elliott from St. Louis in 2016
  • Acquiring Travis Hamonic from the NY Islanders in 2017
  • Acquiring Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin from Carolina in 2018

(He’s also made a ton of smaller trades.)


Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli has detailed how the Flames are making a big push to get Johnny Gaudreau signed. The reason for that is pretty simple: Treliving is a guy who likes to plan, and he probably has a Plan A mapped out for the off-season to get his guys all re-signed and to create cap space to make it all work.


(Spoiler: the current $26 million of projected space won’t be enough to get everybody locked down.)


If Gaudreau isn’t going to sign, Treliving will need to pivot to Plan B, so it seems prudent for Treliving to know which plan he’s working with as soon as possible.

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Calgary grabs Finnish centre

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com
 11:50 AM

With their first pick in this year's NHL draft, the Flames have taken Topi Ronni with the 59th overall pick in the second round.

The 6-foot-1, 176-lb. left-handed Finnish centre had 11 goals and 18 assists in 30 games with the Tappara Jr. this season.




TheHockeyWriters.com described him as having "good size and great speed. He impacts play consistently on both sides of the puck, and his speed and agility could lead him to develop a solid power-forward style in the future."

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Flames select left-winger from WHL's Tri-City Americans

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com
 1:43 PM
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Calgary used its second pick of the 2022 NHL draft (second round, 155th overall) to select Parker Bell.

The Campbell River, B.C. product put up 18 goals and 49 points in 64 games with the Tri-City Americans last season.



Bell is a left-winger who stands 6-foot-4 and tips the scales at 192 pounds.

Check out his draft highlight reel from the WHL's YouTube channel:




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Flames take Cade Littler in final round of draft

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com
 2:39 PM
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With their third and final pick of this year's draft, the Flames called Cade Littler's name.

Littler is a 6-foot-3, 197-lb. centre who tallied 20 goals and 45 points in 50 games playing with the BCHL's Wenatchee Wild last season.

Those numbers saw the East Wenatchee, Wash., product finish second in team scoring.



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