Yesterday, we did the forwards and fantasized about what stud forwards you could have drafted with the 5th overall pick in 2008. Now let’s dive into what defencemen and goalies stand out from this draft.
Once again, we're not advocating that Luke Schenn was a bad pick. He is looking like a stud on the Leafs blueline this season. Obviously in every draft you never know how a player will pan out, there's always risk involved (see Alexander Daigle).
Each player is valuable to their in different ways. Some may be stay at home defencemen like Schenn, or some may be puck moving powerplay specialists like Karlsson. The thing is looking at what the Leafs needed then and if that issue is still a problem, and scoring is looking like an issue.
12th Overall Defense Tyler Myers
Last years Rookie of the Year
HockeysFuture Rating: 8.0C
15th Overall Defense Erik Karlsson
11pts in 20 games this year with improvement every game he plays
HockeysFuture Rating: 8.0B
20th Overall Defense Michael Del Zotto
9 goals and 37 pts his rookie season
Hockeysfuture Rating: 8.0B
27th Overall Defense John Carlson
His he the next Mike Green?31st Overall Goalie Jacob Markstrom
Hockeysfuture Rating: 8.5B
Massive goalie but will he live up to all the hype around him?
Hockeysfuture Rating: 8.5C
Some later round Sleepers
55th Overall Defence Marco Scandella
93rd Overall Goalie Braden Holtby
186th Overall Defence Jason Demers
Would you still take Luke Schenn, or someone else who is getting more notice?