The Flames have drafted small but talented picks in the later rounds under Brad Treliving, and it’s starting to pay off. Andrew Mangiapane, 166th overall in 2015, has proven that he’s too good for the AHL and has started to make an impression in the NHL. Matthew Phillips, who also went at 166 in the 2016 draft, had a pretty good rookie season in the AHL and may not be that far off from the NHL.
The team hopes that the 5’9 Dmitry Zavgorodniy can be another pick that outperforms his draft spot. Selected at 198th overall in last year’s draft, the right shooting left winger immediately made a case as to why he could be considered one of the Flames’ top ten prospects.