2021 EHE Entry Draft

2021-09-24

2021 EHE Entry Draft has come and gone and it didn’t disappoint. A draft of big moves and some gambles taken throughout the day.

Starting at the top of the 1st round GM Steve made a bold move by moving the 7th overall pick along with picks 59 and 75 to the Flyers to move up to pick 5.

“I have had my eye on Mason McTavish for a very long time and felt he wasn’t going to be around at 7. With an abundance of picks we felt we could use them to move up to secure a player we coveted. Was there other options if we stood pat, sure there was, but we felt we got a great piece and future compliment to Elias Pettersson and the rest of our centers coming into the system over the next couple of years. There was also other opportunities to move up with our picks at 21 and 25 but we chose to stay put at 21 while 25 was moved.”

“At 21 the Calgary Flames selected Carson Lambos, a well-rounded defenseman we felt will complement our young defenseman already in the system. We truly believe that Lambos has the potential to eventually be a top pairing guy and you can never have enough defenseman”

“When it came to picking at 25, the decision was made to move the pick. The pick was packaged with Joonas Korpisalo, Jake DeBrusk and the Flames 2022 5th rounder for Jordan Binnginton, pick 61 in this year’s draft, and St. Louis 2022 4th rounder. We want to thank Joonas Korpisalo for his commitment to the team but we felt it was time to move on from him and go into a different direction. Binnington is considered a top 10 goalie in the league and we look forward to his arrival in the fall. We feel that between Binnington and Jake Allen we have upgraded our goaltending position for the upcoming season.”

As the second round approached, GM Steve again made the decision to move up in the draft to select with pick 34 hot goaltender Leevi Merilainen. Merilainen put up a stellar .928 and 1.71 goals against average with Karpat in the SM-sarja U20 league and is expected to play the upcoming season for the Kingston Frontenacs, where he will get used to playing on North American ice. This may be a reach this high in the 2nd but we saw what he can do and didn’t want to see him carrying over that skill to another team.

At pick 61, the Flames continuing a trend of building from the net out and selected defenceman Shai Buium. Buium who stands at 6 foot 3 and 214 pounds not only brings size but an exceptionally high hockey IQ. With both his offensive and defensive potential we feel that Buium will be a great addition to the organization and be top 4 guys for us down the road.

Please stay tune for a future press release where the Calgary Flames will highlight the picks they made in rounds 3 to 7.

Pick 5 – Mason McTavish

Pick 21 – Carson Lambos

Pick 25 – traded for Jordan Binnington

Pick 34 – Leevi Merilainen

Pick 61 – Shai Buium