Flames choose Monahan, Poirier and Klimchuk with first round picks

 

 
 
 
 
Sean Monahan, a center, pulls on a Calgary Flames sweater after being chosen 6th overall in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Newark, N.J.
 
 

Sean Monahan, a center, pulls on a Calgary Flames sweater after being chosen 6th overall in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Newark, N.J.

Photograph by: Bill Kostroun, AP

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What the Calgary Flames are doing at the draft tables and on the draft floor during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on Sunday in Newark, N.J.

SCOTT CRUICKSHANK: 1:45 p.m.

Ending days, weeks, months of the speculation, the Calgary Flames selected Sean Monahan with the sixth holler at the National Hockey League draft at the Prudential Center.

At 3:39 p.m. local time, general manager Jay Feaster made it official.

Monahan, a six-foot-two centre, has recorded back to back 78-point seasons for the OHL Ottawa 67's. He had been ranked No. 9 by the International Scouting Services.

The kid, who worships Jonathan Toews, is considered a well-rounded forward. But he's a playmaker and a leader, too.


SCOTT CRUICKSHANK: 3:25 p.m.

TThe Flames, with the 22nd overall pick, opt for speed, selecting winger Emile Poirier.

And while Poirier's selection raised eyebrows — he was rated 39th by Central Scouting — Flames general manager Jay Feaster told TSN they had the Montreal kid slotted in the top 10.

With QMJHL Gatineau this past winter, Poirier collected 70 points, 101 penalty minutes. He is six-foot-one and 183 pounds.he Flames, with the 22nd overall pick, opt for speed, selecting winger Emile Poirier.

And while Poirier's selection raised eyebrows — he was rated 39th by Central Scouting — Flames general manager Jay Feaster told TSN they had the Montreal kid slotted in the top 10.

With QMJHL Gatineau this past winter, Poirier collected 70 points, 101 penalty minutes. He is six-foot-one and 183 pounds.

The Flames still have the No. 28 selection.

UPDATE:

SCOTT CRUICKSHANK: 3:59 p.m.

The Flames wrapped up the first round of their rebuild era by selecting winger Morgan Klimchuk, a Calgary kid, with the 28th selection.

Klimchuk, with the WHL Regina Pats, had been rated 25th by Central Scouting. This past season, the Calgary Buffaloes product collected 76 points, including 36 goals.

"The three picks that we made (in the first round) we had in the top 13 of our list," Feaster told TSN.

UPDATE:

KRISTEN ODLAND: 5:43 p.m.

Keeping true to their word --- of getting bigger and stronger --- the Flames picked Keegan Kanzig of the Victoria Royals with their lone selection in the third round (No. 67). The six-foot-seven, 241-pound defenceman from Athabasca, Alta., has played for former Flames assistant coach Dave Lowry for the past two seasons and has logged 225 penalty minutes in 133 games during that span.


Meanwhile, the remaining Flames selections are as follows:

* Fourth round, 97th — To Florida in C Corban Knight trade

* Fifth round, 127th — To Washington in D Dennis Wideman trade

* Fifth round, 135th — From Columbus in RW Blake Comeau trade

* Sixth round, 157th — Flames' own pick

* Seventh round, 187th — Flames' own pick

* Seventh round, 198th — From Chicago in G Henrik Karlsson trade

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Sean Monahan, a center, pulls on a Calgary Flames sweater after being chosen 6th overall in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Newark, N.J.
 

Sean Monahan, a center, pulls on a Calgary Flames sweater after being chosen 6th overall in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Newark, N.J.

Photograph by: Bill Kostroun, AP

 
Sean Monahan, a center, pulls on a Calgary Flames sweater after being chosen 6th overall in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Newark, N.J.
Sean Monahan puts on his jersey after being selected number six over all in the first round by the Calgary Flames during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
A general view of the teams draft tables on the draft floor during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on Sunday in Newark, N.J.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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