Thrashers 2010 draft preview
The Atlanta Thrashers hold the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, as well as New Jersey's first-round pick, 24th overall, acquired in the Ilya Kovalchuk trade.
"During Waddell's tenure, the Thrashers have seen some busts in the early rounds (Patrik Stefan, Luke Sellars, Alex Bourret, Chad Denny) and some serviceable late-round picks (Garnet Exelby, Tobias Enstrom). His only drafted impact players on the current roster are Little and Pavelec."
Enstrom, Bogosian, and Kane aren't impact players? I could see if you wanted to exclude no-brainers like Bogosian and Kane, but then you'd probably exclude Little as well.
i didnt realize Valbik had gotten over his injury problems...lol
Hockey's Future coverage of the Thrashers is laughable at best.... It's usually just flat out sad.
Dudley Will Go Big Forwards in 2010
We are not drafting any players, Russian or otherwise where a signing issue could come up. I don't care if it is Tarasenko or Burmistrov-just not going to happen. We ar eot drafting a keeper early in this draft either. Mocks that have us drafting Pickard are way off, we simply have other more important organizational needs.
At 8- I think we take Johansen unless Connolly falls and we are convinced he is healthy. If he is then someone else jumps all over him before 8 anyway.
At 24-Bjugstad will likely be gone by 20. I can see Howden if still there, Nelson, hell even Rensfeldt here. Merrill if he slides.
24. Howden or Nelson
Aint life Grand's Super Crunchy Draft Board/Scenarios
RyJO- Size, skill, speed. High upside, probably is progressing his game faster than anyone in the draft; has potential to eclipse Hall, Seguin in sheer potential offensive prowess and production if he continues on his meteoric ascent to hockey stardom. Also fills organizational need, as we have lacked an elite 2-way playmaker throughout this teams history.
El Nino- My favorite, your favorite, the American people's favorite; Nino Neidereiter. This swiss dude with NHL ready size, high end skill, could be available at 8 if Carolina or Tampa Bay do something outrageous like draft Mark Pysk at 6 or 7- which Tampa Bay could certainly do. Could become a Hossian like player, maybe heal some wounds? Atlanta would have a bodacious future left wing with Gucci Kane, Neidereiter, Klingberg, and Petterson.
Jeff Skinner- Yes he's probably slightly effeminate for figure skating so avidly in the past, but he can score mad goals. 5'10 180ish pounds , got decent weight to go with a slightly below average frame. Would be cool to watch Morin and Skinner tear it up in a few years ala Kitchener Rangers 2009-2010. Like Morin, needs to work on skating, but goal scoring prowess and shot are NHL ready. Not a bad choice at all.
Jack Campbell- Who doesn't love a future American NHL goalie? Could Jack Campbell project to be Mike Richter V2.0?? If his penchant for acrobatic saves and ability to keep cool in high pressure situations then he's got a good shot. Would be nice to see us select him if we can deal pavalec and the 24th to a team for a 1st line player.
Michael Granlund- Kyle Woodlief has a hard on for this young Finnish man, ranking him at 3 in the latest redline report. Had a phenomenal year in the Finnish Elite League, but needs to work on skating. Undersized too, probably would be least stoked about drafting him.
Tarasenko: Can we wait 2 years? Reminds me too much of Frolov, Would rather have him than Granlund.
Burmistrov- My favorite Russian of the draft not named Kabanov, I would be pleased to see him get selected if we move down a few spots. Reminds one of Datsyuk, relatively minor Russian Factor.
1. Kiril Kabanov- If he is left at 24 we would be Bat**** Cynthia Mckinney Crazy to not draft him. Once he reigns in his dad and immaturity, which he did a good job of displaying at the combine, he will be the complete package. Like restoring a fine automobile, The Thrashers could have a masterpiece on their hands if they dedicate some time, resources, and patience to this guy's career. Assuming we take Nino or Ry Jo at 8, we could be rolling with some serious offensive fire power. And assuming his burgeoning years with the Thrashers go well, he could reward us with some loyalty another Russian decided to forgoe, for giving him a shot despite his up and down past season.
2. Jaden Schwartz- Leading goalscorer of the USHL, we could decided to risk drafting another NCAA bust, but Schwartz could definitely become a productive top 6 guy.
3. Jon Merrill, Big D-man could complement our strong group of D prospects, him and Valabik on a bottom 6 pairing would be intense. There are concerns he has already peaked progression wise.
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