Three first-round draft choices for the Calgary Flames.

That’s the possibility for the 2013 affair in New Jersey for the stripping-down team, which has its own pick, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ and the St. Louis Blues’, provided the Blues make the playoffs.

(If the Blues miss the second season, that pick will be Calgary’s in 2014, with a fourth-rounder this year as bonus compensation.)

Either way, the Flames are staring at a massive opportunity to turn their fortunes quicker with a strong draft day, especially when you consider Calgary has never drafted even two players in the first round in the same year and never picked higher than sixth overall.

Think about other teams which have gone to the podium three times in recent drafts that were long enough ago to assess the results.

The Washington Capitals grabbed Alex Ovechkin and defencemen Jeff Schultz and Mike Green in 2004.

That kind of return would delight fans in the Stampede City more than another Garth Brooks concert: A star forward, defensive defenceman and offensive blueliner.

A couple of years earlier, the Capitals nabbed Steve Eminger, Alexander Semin and Boyd Gordon in the first round.