Calgary Flames 2013 first-round draft pick Sean Monahan with former general manager Jay Feaster and head coach Bob Hartley.
Whereas Cammalleri and whomever else Treliving signs this offseason will represent the present of this organization, the success undeniably lies in its future and specifically the team's ability to draft well. But it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Being armed with the fourth pick this summer is both good and bad. It’s good since it’s relatively high, but the general consensus is that there are only three upper-echelon talents are available this year: Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad, Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart and Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett.
As a result, the likelihood of Treliving getting his hands on a surefire star is good but not great. Of course, according to Edmonton Journal writer Jim Matheson, the Edmonton Oilers are looking to go off the board slightly and use their third pick on Prince Albert Raiders left winger Leon Draisaitl. So, the Flames' chances just went up.
If Treliving has a chance to grab either Ekblad, Reinhart or Bennett, he should do so and run. He should nevertheless be prepared for a worst-case scenario and do his homework properly.
After all, 19-year-old Sean Monahan, with just one modestly successful season under his belt, has been the team’s best pick since underrated defenseman T.J. Brodie was taken 114th in 2008 (excluding the potential-oozing John Gaudreau, who has just played one game as a Flame).
No offense to Monahan, but that statement is an indictment of Calgary’s poor draft record, as that was six drafts ago. In fact, Dion Phaneuf was the last true star player chosen by Calgary in the first round...or any round for that matter. And that was back in 2003. And he was essentially run out of town for his poor play.
The team's draft performance has been so bad that the Flames draftee with the most NHL games under his belt since 1997 never even suited up for Calgary. That was Jarret Stoll in 2000 (719 games), who, after failing to come to terms with the Flames, ended up being redrafted by Edmonton.
It doesn’t get much worse than that. Starting this summer, Treliving has a chance to turn things around for the better.