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05-04-2004, 02:43 PM
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thestonedkoala
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Sorry...George...

The thing is basically you got really top end talented players in the top 10, and then moving down you lose some of that. I mean yes some talent is going to drop from the top 10 to the top 15 like Montoya (who is going to be around 11-15, if the Kings do indeed pick him up)...I just think this draft could be similiar to the 2002 draft.

Great top end talent, good mid-range talent, but kind of weak after the mid-range...the goalies though are an exception in both drafts, very strong goalie drafts in both and pretty strong defensive prospects but weak on the offensive prospects.

1 Columbus Rick Nash L
2 Atlanta Kari Lehtonen G
3 Florida Jay Bouwmeester D
4 Philadelphia Joni Pitkanen D
5 Pittsburgh Ryan Whitney
6 Nashville Scott Upshall W
7 Anaheim Joffrey Lupul C
8 Minnesota Pierre-Marc Bouchard C
9 Florida Petr Taticek C
10 Calgary Eric Nystrom
11 Buffalo Keith Ballard
12 Washington Steve Eminger D
13 Washington Alexander Semin L
14 Mtl. Canadiens Christopher Higgins C )
15 Edmonton Jesse Niinimaki C
16 Ottawa Jakub Klepis C
17 Washington Boyd Gordon R
18 Los Angeles Denis Grebeshkov D
19 Phoenix Jakub Koreis C
20 Buffalo Daniel Paille C
21 Chicago Anton Babchuk D
22 NY Islanders Sean Bergenheim L
23 Phoenix Ben Eager L
24 Toronto Alexander Steen
25 Carolina Cam Ward G
26 Dallas Martin Vagner D
27 San Jose Mike Morris
28 Colorado Jonas Johansson R
29 Boston Hannu Toivonen G
30 Atlanta Jim Slater

I just see similiar parallels in the 2002, 2004 draft...

Would you trade Jim Slater and Mike Morris for Joni Pitkanen?

I think the 14th, and 2 mid-range 2nds could move you up into the top 10, but not that far...either 7-10 roughly...

The 14th, 25th, and the 2 might bump you up further than that but it's hard to tell...


Last edited by thestonedkoala: 05-04-2004 at 02:48 PM.