First OT: can you guys reply with your iPhone without using a quote? I can't judt click on reply :/
Anyways back to topic:
First off I never see players live and can only go from scouting reports, but I read as much of them as I can. Some players I like in the first two rounds, not exactly looking were we might pick. You will see a lot of physical players on the list. And the reson is easy: We have so many smart players in the system, even on D (sustr, Barbs, Nesterov), but with Gudas graduating we lost the only defender with NHL upside and a real physical edge. Some on forward with only Erne and Panik. I really hope we either trade the pick for a defender or go after a guy with physical abilities.
Ekblad: IMO he gets underrated, because he is not very flashy but is incredible effective. Just like Ryan Murray who gets criminally underrated as well. Of course those are not the guys that will win you a Norris Trophy. At least it's less likely than for defenders with a flashy game, like karlsson, Chara or Subban.
Leon Draisaitl: Powerforward center that can play wing as well. He always reminds me as a more consistent more talented Panik. Both will not hit the hell out of you (like Erne can), but know very well how to use their body effectivly. But IMO he will need some time to grow. As he is a late 1995 he only will have to play 1 more CHL season after the draft and will go to the AHL then, which should be perfect for him as a development timetable.
Hayden Fleury: Do it all defender with a little physicsl edge, but needs some time to grow as well. Has decent offensive tools.
Bryce Martin: Pretty much ekblad lite, consistent very few faults, unnoticable, could use some more offense.
Nick Ritchie: More talented Erne, but he is a winger so I doubt we have that much interedt in him.
Alexis Pepin: Big center (6'2, 238 lbs!!), physical, hard to get off the puck, problem is he is slow and due to this it's questionable wether he can make an impact as top6, -> might have to lose some weight. Pretty strong in the defensive end.
Aaron Hayden: Big and knows it. Note a huge offensive upside, but goes after the puck and the attackers with agression and seperates them however he can. Has no problem going after other big boys and let them play a little together ;)
Brandon Lemieux: Smaller powerforward (6'0) but very effective and great blood line in terms of skill.