SUN Hockey Pool

History not on 18's side

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

COLUMBUS -- Jesper Mattsson.

That's who the Calgary Flames chose in their one and only foray at the 18th slot in the NHL Entry Draft in 1993.

Hard to imagine they'll do worse tonight, provided they don't make a trade and actually use the selection at the Nationwide Arena.

But history has shown not many teams have done all that much better going to the podium at 18.

Sure, there are some luminaries such as long-time Devils defenceman Ken Daneyko, Boston scorer Glen Murray, current Edmonton captain Jason Smith and Petr Sykora, who started with New Jersey and was in Edmonton last season.

But there have been plenty of forgettable names to come down that pipe, too.

Players like Ken McRae, Rob Cimetta, Jason Miller and Shawn Antoski.

Actually, when the Flames were in Atlanta, they used the 18th pick -- their second of the draft -- to choose Dwight Bialowas, who skated in 164 NHL contests.

Since the draft is about potential and being positive about the future, let's take a peek at who the Flames could summon tonight at 18.

Actually, they don't really know who'll be available. Kyle Turris, Patrick Kane, James van Riemsdyk, Keaton Ellerby, Karl Alzner, Sam Gagner and Alexei Cherepanov are expected to have long before donned the sweater of their new team and walked off the stage.

But really, after the first dozen or so, it's going to be one big crapshoot.

The Flames would love it if Brandon Sutter, the nephew of GM Darryl Sutter and son of Brent, was still around but that isn't likely to happen.

Nor is Jakub Voracek, Angelo Esposito or Zach Hamill.

Most likely, though, Calgary's choices will be among the likes of Prince George forward Dana Tyrell, Regina defenceman Nick Ross, Ottawa centre Logan Couture, Chilliwack Bruins centre Oscar Moller, or hulking Omaha defenceman Nicholas Petrecki.


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