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Top 15 Worst Draft Mistakes in Calgary Flames History

When the Calgary Flames won their first and only Stanley Cup in 1989, they did so with help of players like Al MacInnis, Joe Nieuwendyk, Hakan Loob, and Mike Vernon. What those players have in common is that they were all original Calgary Flames draft picks. That's proof that you need to be able to draft and develop your players if you want a chance at winning the Stanley Cup. That statement rings even more true in today's salary cap world of the NHL.

The above mentioned players were just some of the great players that the Flames drafted during the 1980s. The 1990's however weren't so kind to the Flames, as arguably the best players they drafted were Cory Stillman and Derek Morris. They were serviceable players, but they did not turn into the franchise players the Flames had hoped for. The 2000s were a little bit friendlier for the Flames with the selection of players like Dion Phaneuf and T.J. Brodie, who are both players that continue to be solid NHL players to this day.

This list will contain players from the last three decades of Calgary's first round draft selections. Not all the players included on the list were complete busts, although a few of these players would never even play a single NHL game after being drafted. A couple of the players on this list had decent NHL careers, one player even won two Stanley Cups. Some of these players might of been great if wasn't for suffering career altering injuries.

After struggling for the last few years in the standings, the Flames have put together a promising prospect pool. Their current roster has a few Flames draft picks that are quickly turning into star players like Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Sam Bennett. It looks like Calgary has learned from their past draft mistakes.

Here are the top 15 worst draft mistakes in Calgary Flames history.

15 Chris Dingman - 1994 

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14 Trevor Kidd - 1990 

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13 Kris Chucko - 2004 

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12 Jason Muzzatti - 1988 

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11 Leland Irving - 2006 

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10 Tim Erixon - 2009 

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9 Greg Nemisz - 2008 

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8 Matt Pelech - 2005 

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7 Niklas Sundblad - 1991 

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6 Jesper Mattsson - 1993 

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5 Bryan Deasley - 1987 

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4 Chris Biotti - 1985 

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3 Brent Krahn - 2000 

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2 Daniel Tkaczuk - 1997 

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1 Rico Fata - 1998 

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Rico Fata was a highly touted prospect, so it wasn't too much of a surprise when the Flames picked him with 6th overall pick. His stint with the Flames organization ended up only lasting three years, in which he spent the majority of his time in the minors. In the 27 games he managed to get in with the Flames, Fata recorded just one assist. The best part of his career was his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He even got a chance to play on a line with Mario Lemieux. He recorded a career high 34 points in the 2003-04 season. It was all down hill from there for Fata, as he was out of the NHL for good a few years later. Notable names drafted later that first round include, Alex Tanguay, Simon Gagne, and Scott Gomez.

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