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Calgary Flames and the NHL Draft

Published by on June 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

When Darryl Sutter was hired in the summer of 2003, the Flames had one of the weakest farm systems in the NHL. There was a lack of top-end talent, for sure, but even grinders, role players, bottom six forwards and fifth, sixth, and seventh defensemen were missing.

First round draft busts, trading away of picks, and little to no success in the later rounds were all to blame.

That first year, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, a gift by the name of Dion Phaneuf dropped into Sutter's lap at the number nine spot in a draft that is quickly becoming legendary for both the number of stars and the quality of stars. Tim Ramholt also came from that draft, and is becoming a serviceable NHL defensmen—defense takes time.

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