2016 NHL Draft Great Depth with lots of wingers at top of list
This lousy start is mostly mental. The team has lost all confidence especially in goal.
The core is sound and prospects plentiful. Just need a few more pieces mostly at wing.
If we cannot turn it around we will have our pick amongst an excellent group. I am okay with a top 5 draft pick in 3rd year of rebuild.
Looks like 2016 has some excellent depth much like 2015. US and Finnish prospects top the list. Lots of highly skilled wingers with size, which is exactly what the Flames need for our 2nd line scoring or opposite wing to J. Hockey.
Futures List indicates great depth for 2016 NHL Draft
Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects
By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer
The buildup to the 2015 NHL Draft was filled with intrigue and excitement behind the exceptionally talented Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.
Many scouts believe an even better collection of blue-chip standouts await NHL teams in the 2016 draft at First Niagara Center on June 24-25, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y.
"At first glance the strength of the 2016 draft class may be the overall depth and blend of prospects available," said Dan Marr, NHL director of Central Scouting. "The top five will sort themselves out as being the cream of the crop, but similar to the 2015 draft there will be a solid nucleus of players with NHL potential through the top three rounds and at every position."
Besides Austin Matthews, Jakob Chychrun (6-2, 200) and London Knights left wing Matthew Tkachuk (6-1, 190).
Right wing Jesse Puljujarvi of Karpat Oulu in Finland is considered by many the top European prospect available on NHL Central Scouting's Futures List for players eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft.
He was the sixth player to make the Finland U-20 national team as a 16-year-old.
"Puljujarvi is a tower on ice but surprisingly mobile," said Goran Stubb, NHL director of European scouting. "He has great offensive instincts but also knows his defensive duties."
The Swedish-born Puljujarvi (6-foot-3, 198 pounds), who had four goals and 11 points in 21 games for Karpat last season, was the youngest player at the 2015 World Junior Championship while representing Finland.