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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Flames Fan's Viewing Guide to Round 2

On the eve of the 2nd round of the NHL playoffs, here is your comprehensive guide to what could happen and if so, what would happen with regards to the St. Louis 1st round draft pick for 2013 that belongs to Calgary (from Jay Bouwmeester trade) as well as the Pittsburgh 1st round draft pick for this year (Jarome Iginla trade), which also belongs to the Flames.

Even though the Blues have been eliminated, the intricacies around how the NHL determines the 1st round draft order means the fate of that St. Louis pick is far from sealed. At the outset of the playoffs, that pick had the potential to fall anywhere from 19th to 30th. After some favourable outcomes for Calgary in the opening round, that window has narrowed to between 19th and 22nd. Where it will end up exactly will be known by the end of round two so if you're die hard Flames supporter wanting those draft picks to be as good as they could possibly be, the viewing guide below will tell you who you should be rooting for.

Meanwhile, despite Pittsburgh's first round victory over the Islanders, nothing has changed in regards to the Penguins 1st round pick, also belonging to Calgary. It remains a best-case scenario of 25th and a worst-case scenario of 30th. The fate of that pick will be known by the end of round two if Pittsburgh is knocked out by Ottawa (and would be 25th if Chicago also loses in round two, or otherwise 26th). If the Pens win, the possibilities become 27th to 30th and won't be known until deeper into the playoffs. So, time to dip into the kids dress-up trunk, find that old Radek Bonk Sens jersey and start cheering on Canada's (only remaining) team.

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Round Two Potential Outcomes - Ranked From Best to Worst

Note: The series between the #6 Los Angeles Kings and #7 San Jose Sharks does not factor in so is not listed below as one of the variables.

1. Winners: Detroit, Ottawa, NY Rangers
  • Result: Stl pick is 19th, Pit pick is 25th
2. Winners: Detroit, Ottawa, Boston
  • Result: Stl pick is 20th, Pit pick is 25th
3. Winners: Chicago, Ottawa, NY Rangers
  • Result: Stl pick is 20th, Pit pick is 26th
4. Winners: Chicago, Ottawa, Boston
  • Result: Stl pick is 21st, Pit pick is 26th
5. Winners: Detroit, Pittsburgh, NY Rangers
  • Result: Stl pick is 20th, Pit pick is 28th to 30th
6. Winners: Chicago, Pittsburgh, NY Rangers
  • Result: Stl pick is 21st, Pit pick is 27th to 30th
7. Winners: Detroit, Pittsburgh, Boston
  • Result: Stl pick is 21st, Pit pick is 28th to 30th
8. Winners: Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston
  • Result: Stl pick is 22nd, Pit pick is 27th to 30th

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