What would happen if Iginla was traded 2-3 years earlier?

*ALL stats are from 2014-15 season.

Boston was showing interest in Iginla during the 2012-2013 season.  In that same season, however, Jarome Iginla was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for the 29th overall pick (Morgan Klimchuk), Kenny Agostino and Ben Hanowski. What could’ve the Flames gotten if they traded Iginla two or three years earlier? In the 2010-11 season, Jarome had 43 goals and 86 points. Would Boston trade their 9th overall pick (Dougie Hamilton) for Jarome Iginla? Or could they have traded former second overall pick Tyler Seguin? We all know Peter Chiarelli isn’t afraid to make blockbuster trades like this one if it ever happened.

Let’s start with the first scenario.  If Boston did trade Calgary the ninth overall pick, who else could have they chosen other than Dougie Hamilton? They could’ve chosen their original pick (Sven Baertschi) LW, or chosen Jonas Brodin, D; J.T. Miller, LW; Brandon Saad, LW; Nikita Kucherov, RW; or Tomas Jurco, RW.

  • Sven Baertschi was traded for a second round pick in the 2014-15 season and has very little NHL experience.
  • Jonas Brodin: 3 goals, 14 assists, 71 games played (10th Overall pick)
  • J.T. Miller: 10 goals, 13 assists, 58 games played (15th  Overall pick)
  • Brandon Saad: 23 goals, 29 assists, 82 games played (43rd  Overall pick)
  • Nikita Kucherov: 29 goals, 36 assists, 82 games played (58th  Overall pick)
  • Tomas Jurco: 3 goals, 15 assists, 63 games (35th  Overall pick)
  • Dougie Hamilton: 10 goals, 32 assists, 72 games (9th overall pick)

The Flames wouldn’t have to give up their first round pick in 2015 if they drafted Hamilton, so who would they choose with the 15th overall pick?

“With the 15th overall pick, the Calgary Flames are proud to select from the Youngstown Phantoms, Kyle Connor.”

(Originally selected by the Winnipeg Jets at #17)

Can you Imagine that?

Kyle Connor: 34 goals, 46 assists 56 games played (USHL) 2014-15

*Note: They would also retain the two second round picks (45, 52)

Now on to the second scenario.  Would the Bruins trade Seguin, their second overall pick in the 2011 draft?  In Seguin’s rookie year, he had 11 goals and 11 assists in 74 games played. If this trade happened, I can imagine Calgary throwing in somebody like Rene Bourque or Robyn Reghyr.

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Calgary Flames – projected forward lines

Line 1

*All the statistics are from the 2014-15 NHL regular season.

Gaudreau, Monahan, Hudler

This line is great! Hudler is a perfect mentor on Sean and Johnny and they each boost each other’s point production. This line is the only line that will stay the same as last year.  They didn’t score much in the playoffs, but I think it was lack of experience. This line is good defensively, but I would like to see less turnovers and more physical play.

Gaudreau: 24 goals, 40 assists, 80 games played

Monahan: 31 goals, 31 assists, 81 games played

Hudler: 31 goals, 45 assists, 78 games played and Lady Byng Trophy

Line 2

Bouma, Backlund, Frolik

Bouma had a breakout year last season and I think he is a great fit in this line; he helped out a lot defensively. With the addition of Frolik, he could be a 20+ goal scorer. Backlund’s  year was cut a bit short by injuries, but I think until Bennett develops into a second line center, Backlund can keep this job.

Bouma: 16 goals, 18 assists, 78 games played

Backlund: 10 goals, 17 assists, 52 games played

Frolik: 19 goals, 23 assists 82 games played

Line 3 

Colborne, Bennett, Jones

Colborne can play center or wing.  He has a big body that can go into the corners and hold the puck. Colborne isn’t afraid to take a hit and he has a okay wrist shot. Bennett played really well in the playoffs and wasn’t scared of anybody.  He is still eligible for the Calder trophy with only one regular season game played. Once he develops, he could be a real scoring threat.  Jones is a good third liner who can put up points and help defensively.

Colborne: 8 goals, 20 assists, 64 games played

Bennett: 3 goals, 1 assist, 11 games played  (Playoffs)

Jones: 14 goals, 16 assists 67 games played

Line 4 

Byron, Jooris,Stajan

Byron proved himself last year and was great when somebody got hurt.  This year, I think he’s got a chance at a roster spot. Jooris was a undrafted pick up signing and he has turned out to be great. He can win a lot of faceoffs and despite being injured, or a healthy scratch throughout the season, he still put up the points. Stajan is a veteran who usually plays center.   I wouldn’t be surprised if they move  him to  the wing because of how much depth they have. If it’s not Stajan, it will either be Bollig or Ferland, because of all the depth they have.

Byron: 6 goals, 13 assists, 57 games played

Jooris: 12 goals, 12 assists , 60 games played

Stajan: 7 goals, 10 assists, 59 games played

Other players possibly playing

Ferland: 2 goals, 3 assists, 26 games played

Bollig: 1 goal, 4 assists, 62 games played

*My opinions

Top 5 Calgary Flames Prospects

#5 Andrew Mangiapane was selected in the 5th round of the 2015 NHL draft.  He could be a potential steal. Andrew finished in the top 10 for OHL points.  The only reason he fell so low is because of his size.  At 5′ 10″, weighing 170 lbs, this guy’s a sniper! With 43 goals and 104 points in 68 games,  you don’t see this kind of player every day.

#4 Emile Poirier spent the season with the Adirondack Flames (AHL).  He played six games, only getting one assist. Poirier may may not be NHL ready but is a speedy power forward who can drive the net and  score very easily. He put up 19 goals and 42 points in 55 games with Adirondack. Emile was selected 22nd overall by the Flames in 2015. (RW)

#3 Mark Jankowski has taken some time to develop, but it looks like it will be worth it. In the 2014-15 season, Jankowski won the national championship with Providence. Jankowski has 28 goals and 70 points in the 110 games played with Providence where he will be going into his senior year.  Mark was the 24th overall pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft. (C)

#2 Hunter Smith is a very good two-way forward.  With his 6’6″ 210 pound body, he can hit, screen, tip in and block. He also has a offensive upside to him.  In the 2014-15 season, with the Oshawa Generals, Smith had 23 goals and 49 points in 57 games played. He does have some discipline issues to work on; he racked up 122 penalty minutes throughout the season. The Flames drafted him 54th overall in the 2013 NHL entry draft, and signed him to a entry level deal this off-season. (RW)

#1 Oliver Kylington is a smart, fast skating defenseman that plays a two way game. Oliver split the 2014-15 season between Farjestad, of the Swedish Hockey League, and AIK, of Sweden’s second division. He also suited up for ten games with Farjestad’s junior team.  Internationally, Kylington has played for Sweden at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He couldn’t  to play in the 2015 World Junior Championship because of injury. (LD)

*My Opinions

Flames Goaltender Situation

With 5 NHL/AHL ready goalies, who will the Flames let go of?

Expected to be the number one starter is Karri Ramo,  With a season record of 15-9-3 in the 2015 regular season, the Flames rewarded him to a one year deal at 3.9 million. His season was filled with injuries but he still proved valuable in the playoffs. Ramo will be 32 in 2016.

Playing most of the games last year was Jonas Hiller, with a season record of 26-19-4. He was okay, but let in the odd first-shot goal. With one year left at 4.5 million, there is a possibility he could be traded. Hiller will be 34 in 2016 and had an okay playoff record (3-3).

Joni Ortio is an NHL ready backup.  Not only that,  but his contract transfers to a one-way deal. During his AHL season, he did have a few injuries but still won 21 games out of the 37 he played. He was called up once, and did okay, winning four of the six games he played.  And, he had one shutout. Joni was drafted in the 6th round, at the 2009 NHL Draft, and will be 25 in 2016.

Jon Gillies will probably go back to Providence College.  The flames haven’t signed yet him and he will probably have a better opportunity there anyways. Gillies has never played an NHL game but won a national championship in the 2014-15 season with Providence College. He has a record of 60-34-13 throughout his college career, and has certainly developed his size at 6’5″, weighing 216 pounds. Jon was drafted 75th overall in the 2012 NHL entry draft, and will be 22 in 2016.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mason McDonald  starting in the Stockton Heat this season. The Flames signed him to a entry-level deal.  Although it wasn’t a good season in Charlottetown, Mason still managed to get 28 wins. He also won a bronze medal at the IIHF World U-18 Championships with Canada. Mason was drafted 34th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, and will be 20 in 2016.

I went to the Flames development camp scrimmage and Mason McDonald looked the best Out of Jon Gillies, Adam Clarke and Rylan Toth.

How will Dougie Hamilton fit in Flames defense?

With the acquisition of Dougie Hamilton at the 2015 NHL draft how will he fit in? The flames did pay a valuable price by sending over the 15th overall pick (Zachary Senyshyn) RW,  45th (Jakob Forsbocka-Karlsson) C and 52nd (Jeremy Lauzon) D. Hamilton was RFA when traded but the flames signed him long term  to a six-year, $34.5-million contract extension. The question now is where will Hamilton fit in?

 Top 2- Giordano, Brodie

Top 4- Russell, Hamilton

Here’s  where the debate is

Top 6- Shlemcko, Wideman

To replace Shlemcko: Englland or Nakadal

Just my opinions.