The Calgary Flames headlined day two of the 2018 NHL Draft by making a blockbuster trade with the Carolina Hurricanes and additionally selecting five players in rounds four through seven.
After not having a pick in the first three rounds, the Flames drastically changed their roster by acquiring defenseman Noah Hanifin and forward Elias Lindholm from Carolina in exchange for Dougie Hamilton, Michael Ferland and defenseman prospect, Adam Fox.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) June 24, 2018
Hanifin, a 21-year-old native of Boston, Massachusetts, was drafted fifth overall by Carolina in the 2015 NHL Draft. In his three seasons with the Hurricanes he has scored 18 goals along with 65 assists for 83 points in 239 games and led all blue-liners on his team last season with 10 goals and 22 assists.
Hanifin will be joining some familiar faces in Calgary, namely Bill Peters who has been Hanifin’s coach his first three seasons in the NHL with Carolina. Hanifin will also be reunited with Matthew Tkachuk, his former teammate from the US Development Team from the 2013-2014 season. Hanifin, like Flames star Johnny Gaudreau is also a former Boston College Eagle, playing in Boston the season after Gaudreau departed school for the Calgary Flames.
Lindholm, a 23-year-old native of Boden, Sweden, was drafted fifth overall by Carolina in the 2013 NHL Draft. In his five seasons with the Hurricanes he has netted 64 goals and added 124 assists for 188 points in 374 games. Last season he potted 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points in 81 games.
Hamilton, 25, and Ferland, 26, will head to Carolina together after spending a combined seven seasons in Calgary. Four former first round picks were exchanged in the league’s biggest draft-day trade.
Amidst the chaos around the trade, the Flames were still able to make another trade on Saturday, giving them an additional late round pick for a total of five selections on day two of the draft.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) June 25, 2018
MARTIN POSPISIL (C)
Drafted: 4th round (105th overall)
HT: 6’2” WT: 173 lbs. Shoots: Left Born: Zvolen, Slovakia (November 19, 1999)
The Slovakian forward plays an aggressive game, as evidenced by his league-leading 253 PIM in 2017-18 with Sioux City in the USHL. He’ll look to refine his game in the NCAA next season, having committed to St. Lawrence.
One independent scouting service’s report of Pospisil: “A lanky forward, he is a fun player to watch due to his unpredictability. Anything can happen when the Slovak is on the ice. He plays with emotion and passion and compete. He is an interesting prospect, and he’s somewhat flying under the radar. He’s definitely not afraid to venture into the gritty areas of the rink and mix it up.”
DEMETRIOS KOUMONTZIS (LW)
Drafted: 4th round (108th overall)
HT: 5’10” WT: 183 lbs. Shoots: Left Born: Edina, MN (March 24, 2000)
In 24 games in league play last season with Edina High School in Minnesota, Koumontzis put up 20 goals and 41 points. As a part of Team Northeast, he scored 16 goals and 49 points in 21 skates. The winger is committed to Arizona State next season.
“[Our American scouts] love the kid, they think he has a lot of skill, lot of upside and a huge motor,” Flames Director of Amateur Scouting, Tod Button said.
MILOS ROMAN (C)
Drafted: 4th round (122nd overall)
HT: 6’0” WT: 188 lbs. Shoots: Left Born: Kysucke Nove Mesto, Slovakia (November 6, 1999)
Milos Roman from the Vancouver Giants of the WHL was limited to 39 games due to injury in his first season in Vancouver, but he managed 10 goals and 32 points. In the playoffs, he put up three goals and six points in seven skates.
One independent scouting service’s report of Roman: “A slick center from Slovakia, he strides in a low stance, a strong position from which to change direction. His skating is unique, so low that he’s almost in a sitting position when he’s moving his feet. But he can generate plenty of power and drive the play with his speed.”
EMILIO PETTERSEN (C)
Drafted: 6th round (167th overall)
HT: 5’10” WT: 170 lbs. Shoots: Left Born: Oslo, Norway (April 3, 2000)
Emilio Pettersen, the Norwegian forward from the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL suited up for 60 games with the Lumberjacks last year, scoring 14 goals and 46 points. In 2016-17, he played for Omaha in the USHL, scoring 10 goals and 27 points in 57 skates. Pettersen is committed to the University of Denver.
“He is a skilled center iceman. He is real strong on his skates, very sturdy and will be off to Denver next year,” Button said.
DMITRY ZAVGORODNIY (RW)
Drafted: 7th round (198th overall)
HT: 5’9” WT: 175 lbs. Shoots: Right Born: Omsk, Russia (August 11, 2000)
Dmitry Zavgorodniy, the Russian winger from Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL scored 26 goals and 47 points in 62 games in his first season in the QMJHL. Prior to joining Rimouski, he played for the Avangard Omsk organization.
“Clever, smaller winger. Real elusive, good skater… offensive player with an offensive mindset,” Button said.