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Monday, June 19, 2017

FF80F Podcast: Episode 14 - Focusing in on the 2017 NHL Draft with Aaron Vickers



After a three-month hiatus that was far too long, the podcast is back as Aaron Vickers stopped by to chat about the upcoming 2017 NHL Draft.

Frequently spotted hanging around the Saddledome, Vickers wears a couple of hats. He covers the Flames for NHL.com. More pertinent to this podcast, he is also the longtime managing editor of Future Considerations, which is a popular draft publication that scouts, profiles and ranks draft-eligible players.

In fact, listen to the podcast and you will get 20 percent off your purchase of the 2017 Future Considerations Draft Guide.


Episode 14 - June 19, 2017  (83:07 running time)


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0:00 - Segment 1 - Introduction
  • Aaron's background
  • Glimpse into his recent trip to France/Germany to cover the World Championships

7:42 - Segment 2 - Draft Overview
  • Origin of Future Considerations
  • How the scouting staff pulls the guide together
  • Assessing the quality of 2017 Draft and what are its nuances

21:17 - Segment 3 - Notable Names and Top Names
  • Notable family ties in this year's draft
  • Going down the list of top kids and how might the draft unfold
  • Identifying some names to watch for, who might move up or fall

40:44 - Segment 4 - Revisiting Flames Recent Draft History
  • Revisiting Brad Treliving's first three drafts as Flames GM
  • Calgary's situation heading into the 2017 draft

53:44 - Segment 5 - Talking Calgary specific
  • Discussing possible Flames targets at pick No. 16
  • Assessing the Curtis Lazar and Michael Stone trades
  • Late round targets and how to best approach late picks

71:35 - Segment 6 - Listener Q&A
  • Answering questions submitted to Facebook


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