After a grueling 2 weeks of writing up prospect pieces for this series, I am happy to say that we have reach the conclusion of our first ever community series here at the C of Red Unfilitered.
If you're late to the party and are wondering what's going on, we here have put out 10 prospect profiles of players we think could potentially be available when the Flames take the podium tonight during the draft.
We then left it to you guys via Twitter and Instagram to rank said prospects in order to create a draft big board according to the opinions of the fans. Between the participation of just over 100 (!!!) voters we now can release our ideals in the hope that Mr. Brad Treliving himself doesn't screw this one up.
Prospects not making the top 5:
10th - Fyodor Svechkov (0 Votes) lol
9th - Carson Lambos (11 Votes)
8th - Corson Ceulemans (24 Votes)
7th - Logan Stankoven (25 Votes)
6th - Mason McTavish (49 Votes)
Without further adieu here are the 5 prospects that recieved the most votes:
#5 Fabian Lysell
With a total of 56 points via our voting system Fabian Lysell finishes 5th on this list. The speedy right winger collected 9 points in 7 games at the world under 18s and has been compared to a lesser version of the Toronto Maple Leafs superstar forward Mitch Marner!
#4 Matthew Coronato
After scoring a whopping 85 points for the Chicago Steel this past season, Coronato shot up the draft boards of many including our own C of Red fans. Coronato recived 63 votes from you guys and has been compared to the likes of Kyle Palmieri and Anthony Duclair.
#3 Chaz Lucius
Despite a really tough injury in his draft year, Chaz Lucius natural goal scoring ability has kept him in mosts projected lotterys. The sleek forward is one with a nose for the net and a great release. Chaz recieved a total of 82 votes and due to his well developed two-way game has been compared to the likes of the Flames own Elias Lindholm.
#2 Kent Johnson
Perhaps the player in this draft with the nicest set of mitts, it came to no surprise that Michigan Wolverines product Kent Johnson recieved a total of 94 votes. He will most likely be taken in that 8-11 range but if he does drop, us Flames fans should be ecstatic if he ends up donning the Flaming C. The crafty centre has a ceiling that is through the roof and if he adds some strength to his slight frame he could end up being the best player to come out of this draft. He has drawn comparisons to the likes of Sebastian Aho and Mathew Barzal, both of whom would be top line centres on almost every team in the NHL.
#1 Cole Sillinger
Annnnd to no surprise, #1 is son of Mike Sillinger, Medicine Hat Tigers/ Sioux Falls forward Cole SIllinger. Sillinger dominated this series recieving a total of 150 votes, comanding almost 30% of first place votes at that. The sharpshooting forward is probably the most elite goal scoring forward on this list. He is probably a couple years away from the pros like most in this draft class, and will need that time to work on his skating. Despite all that, there is sooooo much to love about Cole. He uses his physicality to drive the net hard, is responsible in his own end and could very well be a prototypical onetimer threat from the top of the circle on a powerplay in the NHL. His shot is seriously that good. If all goes well, Sillinger could end up looking like a Tyler Seguin/ Mark Schiefele level player, and that is almost exactly what the Flames need.
We want to thank you all for reading and hanging along during this series! We hope you enjoyed it and hope the Flames pick up someone on this list when its their turn on the clock.
Side note: If the Flames choose to trade this pick it better be for someone good because I have watched way too much video and read way too many scouting reports to have to wait until Saturday for the Flames first pick.
Thanks again and Go Flames!