The draft may not have gone the way the Flames would have hoped this past June, unless you look at what else happened on draft day in the organization. The team made two huge acquisitions when they added Canadian born all-stars Claude Giroux and Drew Doughty.
The Flames first acquired Claude Giroux early in the first round of the draft along with a 4th round pick in exchange for Ryan Spooner, a 1st rounder in 2018 and promising prospects Will Butcher and Brett Howden. This trade gave the Flames that #1 center with 100 point potential they highly sought.
Only about an hour later, an equally important blockbuster was announced as the Flames shipped a large chunk of cap space in T.J. Oshie along with young star Robby Fabbri, prospect Maxime Fortier and a 3rd round pick in exchange for Drew Doughty. The trade not only allowed the Flames to acquire a #1 defensemen but also shed salary dollars in the process.
Fast forward to October and the much anticipated start to the Flames' 2018-19 season was underwhelming with the team being the last in the league to pick up a victory in when they beat the Rangers in the third weak of the season. Sporting a league worst 0-5-2 record, the Flames have since completely forgotten about this terrible start and produced a 16-4-0 record since October 21st. And with 10 of 15 games in December against teams ranked 17-31, the Flames hope they can close out the year winning at least 10 of those games. This would give the Flames a record of 26-13-2-1.
The team also expects to get additional help when Chris Tanev returns from injury in approximately two weeks. The move will also enable them to recall rookie defensemen Ryan Pulock from the minors.