Friday, June 29, 2012

A Week Later: 10 Draft Thoughts

Our buddy Benny sent this over. We're pretty sure he watched all seven rounds from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft last weekend so here are ten of his thoughts from last weekend. 
The 2012 NHL Entry Draft has come and gone, but from the way last weekend went down it's going to leave a mark on more than a few NHL franchises for sometime. We saw major trades, surprise draft picks, and teams seeking new identities. This post will summarize some of my thoughts surrounding the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but before I get into this I want to congratulate Daniel Altshuller for being selected 69th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes, well done buddy.

Now, to my thoughts on the draft:

1. I knew this was going to be the Draft of the D-man, but I never thought forwards like Filip Forsberg or Teuvo Terravainen would fall down so far. On defence, I did not expect players like Matthew Finn to still be available on the second day.

2. Pittsburgh did great trading Jordan Staal for an incredible package including a proper third line centre, the 8th overall pick used to pick a potential top pairing defenseman in Derrick Pouliot and potential 2nd pairing defenceman, Brian Dumoulin. But, the Penguins also traded away Zybnek Michalek for a 3rd round pick, an enforcer on D and an AHL goalie. Seems like a small package for a #2 or #3 penalty killing defenceman. Clearing cap space for a run at Zach Parise or Ryan Suter?

3. Awful draft day by the Avs. How many more 3rd line centres does this team need? Obviously Shermanator thought it was necessary to pick four more last week, varying in age from 18-20 and in size from 5'10"-157lbs to 6'1"-207lbs. At least Duchene signed for cheap. Yes, I'm an Avs fan.

4. Because it wasn’t talked about much, there are a few transfer of picks for next year. CBJ decided to take the Kings first next year (easy decision), Nashville’s 3rd next year belongs to the Rangers now and the Rangers 5th goes to the Predators. The Sharks 4th is Chicago's property and Dallas' 7th belongs to the Kings. It's always interesting to see what transfers over to what should be a deeper draft next year.

5. Not that this draft wasn’t deep, but for the first time in a while I had actually heard of who the last pick in the draft was. Adam Pelech was a 2nd round pick in my mind going into the draft after having two great years in the OHL. He was a potential top 15 pick at this time last year; great late round pick up by the Kings.
Apparently, the #1 ranked player in the Draft
6. How much bullshit does Brian Burke spew? I’m sorry Leafs fans, but Burke didn’t have Morgan Reilly ranked 1st overall in this draft. I know he can tell fans that to look good, but c'mon, you would have passed on Yakupov, Murray, and Galchenyuk?

7. Why did Filip Forsberg fall? I’ve been asked this a lot this week and I’ve had my own inquiries since that’s technically the player my Avs gave up for Varlamov. Forsberg had a few question his game, but he won’t be more than a second line player. His teammate in Sweden, Hampus Lindholm, went 6th overall to the Ducks likely because he was better in the SEL and in the past, two top prospects being on one team usually leads to one falling with the most notable example being Cam Fowler falling to #13 after Taylor Hall went #1.

8. I suppose I should declare a draft winner, and that would be the New York Islanders. Lubomir Visnovsky for a 2013 2nd gives them another power play quarterback and adding Reinhart, Pokka, and Pelech to Hamonic, De Haan and the rest of their young D makes them scary in a few years. Loic Leduc has good size at 6”5’ 198 pounds and is comfortable dropping the gloves. They only went defence this year also picking up Doyle Somberly, Jesse Graham and Jake Bischoff. Honourable mentions for best draft include Detroit, Montreal and Los Angeles.

9. That leads me to the team that did the worst at the draft - the New Jersey Devils. Usually a good drafting team the Devils, decided to keep their first round pick for a reason only Lou Lamariello knows why. And with that pick, they didn’t pick a goalie as expected, but decided to go for Steffan Matteau, a potential 3rd line irritant in the mould of David Clarkson at best. Damon Severson is a pick of some value as a safe d-man pick. Ben Johnson skates well, that’s about it. Ben Thomson can throw punches, that's about it. Graham Black is a lanky centre that could develop, but has already been skipped over once. Kerfoot coming out of the BCHL has a great name and aside from an outstanding performance at the Telus Cup and putting up good numbers on a stacked BCHL team he hasn’t had much. Then there’s oft injured, Artur Garvus, who left 13 OHL contests this year with injury. Other honourable mentions for worst draft include Colorado, and Philadelphia.

10. Finally I want to discuss the two divisions that went in opposite directions, the South East improved a lot with Washington adding Mike Ribiero and Carolina adding Jordan Staal. In contrast, the Pacific seemed to get worse as Ribiero and Visnovsky left via trade and Yandle might be on his way out. Also throw in the fact that Justin Schultz is officially out of the Ducks picture now and will test free agency. Honorary mention for most improved are the Central and Atlantic, but the North East probably drafted the best.

Also can you imagine if Yakupov fouled one off his bare foot while doing batting practice before the draft? Thank God these guys play hockey, cause they hit for shit.

4 comments:

  1. Pretty sure the Habs had the best draft from what all the experts are saying..

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  2. Real nice post! Just to LEt you know... The last pick in the draft was Spitfires Nick Ebert, not Adam Pelech (Who I'm sure went higher, I remember his name) but great post, fun to read!

    Kyle

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  3. Anyone else excited to see Jordan Staal flop with the Hurricanes?

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  4. Teuvo Terravainen will be the best player out of this draft 5 years from now

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