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Calgary Flames: Looking Back At Top 2012 Draft Picks

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The Calgary Flames will have three first round picks in the 2013 draft, which should go a long way towards helping their rebuilding efforts. The Flames will have a chance to address defense and goaltending with early picks, even if the cost of the two extra picks was sending Jay Bouwmeester and Jarome Iginla away in trades. The Flames selected seven players in the 2012 draft,

The Flames took Mark Jankowski with the 21st overall pick, and the young center recently completed his first season of collegiate hockey with Providence College. He scored seven goals and had 18 points for the Friars in 34 games, which isn’t a bad showing for a 17-year-old freshman. He likely needs at least two more seasons there before he’s ready to have an impact with the Flames or in the AHL, but he has great upside as a top-line scoring threat.

The second round saw the Flames take Patrick Sieloff, a defenseman who was then a member of the U.S. National Development Team. He played OHL hockey for the Windsor Spitfires this season, and had three goals and 11 points. Despite already having a good handful of goalies in their system, the Flames took netminder Jon Gillies in the third round. He also just finished his freshman season at Providence, where he was 17-12-6 with a 2.08 goals-against average.

While none of these top three picks is ready to make an impact with the Flames quite yet, each has obvious skills and potential. It’s pretty clear the Flames did their homework before last season’s draft, and they need to be just as smart with their top three picks this summer.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.