Flames looking to strike gold with No. 4 overall NHL draft pick

The Flames have the fourth overall pick at the NHL draft Friday night in Philadelphia. Other fourth...

The Flames have the fourth overall pick at the NHL draft Friday night in Philadelphia. Other fourth picks include Lanny McDonald, Steve Yzerman, Roberto Luongo and Alex Pietrangelo. (QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 AM ET

The Calgary Flames hope to add a heck of a player with the fourth-overall pick in Friday’s opening round of the NHL Draft.

History shows they should expect to.

Although there are some busts to beware of, the star-studded list of former fourth-overall selections is headlined by Hockey Hall-of-Famers such as Ron Francis, Lanny McDonald and Steve Yzerman and current standouts like Nicklas Backstrom, Roberto Luongo and Alex Pietrangelo.

Thing is, the rebuilding Flames aren’t just one stud away from emerging as a Stanley Cup contender. With a total of seven picks — including two apiece in the second and third rounds — to cash in this weekend, Flames GM Brad Treliving and his scouts need to bring several quality building blocks back from Wells Fargo Center.

The Flames currently own the Nos. 4, 34, 54, 64, 83, 175 and 184 picks in the 2014 Draft. Here’s a look at the history of those choices ...

 


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