Sunday, November 21, 2010

2008 NHL Draft Rewind - Defencemen and Goalies

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         Buffalo Sabres

Last years Rookie of the Year
HockeysFuture Rating: 8.0C

15th Overall           Defense            Erik Karlsson         Ottawa Senators

11pts in 20 games this year with improvement every game he plays
HockeysFuture Rating: 8.0B

20th Overall           Defense            Michael Del Zotto         New York Rangers

9 goals and 37 pts his rookie season
Hockeysfuture Rating: 8.0B

27th Overall           Defense            John Carlson                Washington Capitals
His he the next Mike Green?
Hockeysfuture Rating: 8.5B
31st Overall            Goalie              Jacob Markstrom         Florida Panthers
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                Minnesota Wild

93rd Overall           Goalie               Braden Holtby                  Washington Capitals

186th Overall         Defence            Jason Demers                    San Jose Sharks

Would you still take Luke Schenn, or someone else who is getting more notice?


  1. Wouldn't mind having Tyler Myers

  2. Didn't know there was so many good D drafted in the 1st round

  3. Jacob Markstrom will be the number one guy for the Cats next year


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