Sportsnet's Roger Millions quotes new Flames signee Corban Knight in a tweet that "Danny Kristo could suprise" at the draft in New Jersey next Sunday. Kind of obscure, and he hasn't clarified what that means. If we're going to conjecture, let's go ahead and do so with gusto, since what better time is there for that than a couple of weeks before the draft.
I think the logical inference for a draft nerd like me, is that he was wooed to sign with Calgary with some 'nudge nudge, wink wink' allusions to a trade being in the works with the Canadiens whereby the Flames would acquire him and reunite them as linemates. It might make sense in that Calgary is desperately thin at the NHL level, and may not be able to wait three or four years for a late-first rounder to pan out. Danny Kristo holds a more immediate promise, especially if paired with a player he already has some good chemistry with.
The Flames have the #6, 22 and 28 picks in the first round of this year's draft, which is nice, but Jay Feaster has been told by owner Murray Edwards that he expects the Flames to be in the playoffs next season. So Mr. Feaster may feel a need to convert the lower first-rounders, who won't play in the NHL for at least two more seasons, into players who are developed and ready to go. Such as a 2008 second-rounder who played for Team USA at the World Championships, and flashed some encouraging signs.
The Canadiens meanwhile can flip a valuable player who maybe doesn't complement what we have on the farm right now, and go back to the well for one that does. Since there are a lot of big forwards in the late first and early second, maybe that's taking a step back to be in a position to take two steps forward. Or, that extra pick might be packaged to move up in the first round.
I'd like it if we could be the recipients of throw-ins this time, maybe pick up longshot bruiser Michael Ferland, or some late-rounders.
And as an aside, I have to say also that it's kind of cool that Corban Knight turned down the South Beach babes and year-round golf and sunshine to go to Calgary. I take stories like his and Justin Schultz positively. While Mr. Knight's decision may have more to do with the Panthers' prospect depth at centre (hello to you, Nick Bjugstad, you'd have looked great in a Canucks uniform), and less to do with him wanting to play in a hockey market, it's still encouraging that some young players prefer Canada over surf and palm trees.