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Tyler Biggs* 11-04-2012 03:45 PM

Was Matthew Finn The Steal Of The 2012 NHL Entry Draft?
 
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Heading into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Guelph Strom defenseman Matthew Finn was ranked 13th overall by the International scouting Service, while The Hockey News had Finn ranked 18th overall in their annual Draft Preview issue.

Listed at 6í0Ē and 195 pounds, Finn was the Stormís go-to defenseman, playing an integral role in every facet of the game. Through 61 games with the Storm in 2011-12 Finn registered 10 goals, 47 points and a plus/minus rating of minus-13, good enough to lead the team in scoring from the blueline.

Finnís skill set includes great skating, the ability to rush the puck, a physical element, the ability to run the power play, decent size, tremendous leadership skills and a good two-way game.
http://thehockeywriters.com/was-matt...l-entry-draft/

Tyler Biggs* 11-04-2012 03:45 PM

Toronto boy, lifetime Leaf fan, PK specialist, high hockey I.Q... Can you ask for more in a second rounder?

Kid was a steal IMO.

dubey 11-04-2012 03:47 PM

2012 was a lesson in drafting a top defence pairing

leugangen 11-04-2012 03:53 PM

Our D is set for the future, that's for sure. Now just have to work on goal and our forward group for the future, which may just be the next draft.

Hurt 11-04-2012 03:55 PM

Let's see how he pans out. Hope the MoRiles/Finn picks can work out for us. It's about time things started going our way.

thewave 11-04-2012 03:56 PM

I think he was considering where we got him.

showtime8 11-04-2012 03:56 PM

Agree with the overall assessment, but I don't see him as a very physical defenceman.

I think he sees the ice very well and has an above average decision making aspect of his game that they failed to mention. But that could be included in the two-way grouping of his skillset.

JMcLeaf 11-04-2012 03:59 PM

So far the pick looks great. Obviously we won't be able to determine if he is the steal of the draft, or even a steal for that matter, for a few more years though.

RealisticLeaf55 11-04-2012 03:59 PM

I see at minimum this player will pan out to be an Ian White. I have a lot of interest in Matthew Finn and what he can/will become.

SnipeCheeseAllDay 11-04-2012 04:03 PM

This kid was a steal, no doubt about it.

Rielly - Phaneuf
Gardiner - Finn
Gunnarsson - Percy

Our future core looks incredible...

MapleLeafsFan4Ever 11-04-2012 04:14 PM

I have no doubt Finn was the steal of the Draft. He was a projected 1st round pick and for whatever reason went to the 2nd round, however I'm sure Toronto was happy to select him. Plus he was just named captain in Guelph and it shows he's a leader who can be trusted. So I can't wait to see him playing for the Maple Leafs.

SeenSchenn2 11-04-2012 04:17 PM

Uhm, potentially?

Way too early to tell lol.

Pi 11-04-2012 04:23 PM

I'm probably his biggest fan and think he'll make the NHL but it's way too early to call him a steal of the draft. Lots of goof players picked late 1st and early 2nd.

Collberg by the Habs, Dansk by the Jackets, Finn are a few that could surprise but still too early to say.

ponder 11-04-2012 04:42 PM

THE steal of the draft? Possible, but highly unlikely. A steal/very good pick? Much more likely, but hard to say for sure until we see how his game translates at the NHL level. I like him quite a bit, I think he has a great chance to become at least a bottom pairing dman, and a decent chance to become a 2nd pairing dman, if he becomes a solid 2nd pairing dman that would be a very solid pick at 35th overall.

-DeMo- 11-04-2012 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by SnipeCheeseAllDay (Post 55520663)
This kid was a steal, no doubt about it.

Rielly - Phaneuf
Gardiner - Finn
Gunnarsson - Percy

Our future core looks incredible...

is drafting a 2nd pairing Dmen in the 2nd round a steal? I don't really think so.

Thee Implication 11-04-2012 04:43 PM

Definitely going to watch him play when I'm home in Guelph this Christmas. I had the pleasure of going to school with Doughty and watching him light it up whenever I'd go to a Storm game.

Leafssss 11-04-2012 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by -DeMo- (Post 55522031)
is drafting a 2nd pairing Dmen in the 2nd round a steal? I don't really think so.

He's really a #1 Dman in that lineup, it's just that we have two better #1 Dmen in that lineup :sarcasm:

RogerRoeper* 11-04-2012 04:48 PM

I was quite shocked Edmonton didn't take him and that he was available when the Leafs drafted 35th overall.

Mystifo 11-04-2012 04:51 PM

He was a steal when it comes to the potential he oozes. The kid has a pretty high upside for where he went. That being said if he truly becomes a steal like Lundqvist or any other late drafted player is still up in the air I mean people seem to sell it like he has already gotten a Norris nomination.

weems 11-04-2012 04:53 PM

It's really way too early to say hes the steal of the draft.

Seth Griffith looks like every bit as much of a steal. You get him in the 5th round and he's on pace for 50 goals this season.

indigobuffalo 11-04-2012 05:00 PM

Meh, if you consider the value of moving from pick to pick, I think Rielly has a chance to be the steal of the draft. Moving from 34th to 18th or 13th isn't as big as moving from 5th to 1st, which could be the case if Rielly does in fact prove to be the top player in the 2012 draft.

hockeygeek 11-04-2012 05:00 PM

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Originally Posted by RogerRoeper (Post 55522271)
I was quite shocked Edmonton didn't take him and that he was available when the Leafs drafted 35th overall.

Yeah no kidding I saw Moroz play this year and it boggles my mind he was drafted as high as he was. I'd be shocked if he ever played a game in the nhl. I also wondered how on earth a talent scout could possibly choose Reinhart over Reilly. Sometimes I think these guys just over think the picks and talk themselves into picking players based on other factors

Liminality 11-04-2012 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by -DeMo- (Post 55522031)
is drafting a 2nd pairing Dmen in the 2nd round a steal? I don't really think so.

How many second round picks end up making it to their teams 2nd forward line or the 2nd dmen pairing.

If Finn is a staple in our top 4 in the next couple of years, I'd say that'd be a very successful 2nd round pick.

leafers 11-04-2012 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by SnipeCheeseAllDay (Post 55520663)
This kid was a steal, no doubt about it.

Rielly - Phaneuf
Gardiner - Finn
Gunnarsson - Percy

Our future core looks incredible...

No Franson?
I believe Franson should and will be a big part of our futre d-core.
Very valuable defenseman.

ponder 11-04-2012 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by -DeMo- (Post 55522031)
is drafting a 2nd pairing Dmen in the 2nd round a steal? I don't really think so.

If he's a solid 2nd pairing dman (i.e. someone you're happy to have on your 2nd pairing long term, not a stopgap), then yes. The average dman picked in the 30-40 range is a bottom pairing or AHL dman, a solid 2nd pairing dman is a very good pick in that range, a solid top pairing dman is an insanely good in that range.


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