MLD #9 Drafting Thread
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08-19-2008, 10:58 AM
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In today's headlines...
Pieces falling into place
By Dickie Dunn
of the Humboldt Journal
The Humboldt Indians made a commitment to goaltending and goal scoring with their first three selections in the minor league draft.
With their first pick, the Indians selected stand-up goaltender Kirk McLean. With their second and third picks, the Indians addressed their first line offence by taking right winger Zigmund Palffy and centre Billy Taylor.
McLean, a tall stand-up goaltender, was a two-time Vezina finalist (1989 and 1992) and the star of the Canucks run to the Stanley Cup in 1994
GM God Bless Canada said that McLean's selection was partially sentimental, as McLean is his all-time favourite goaltender. But he also had a strong peak, and a solid seven-year run.
"When he's playing his stand up game, he's tough to score on," said GBC. "He covers up most of the net, he plays his angles well and he just simply gets in the way of the puck."
GBC noted that McLean was probably the best puck-moving goaltender available, which he believes will be an asset against opponents with a strong forecheck.
The two forwards, Palffy and Taylor, were two of the best offensive threats available.
Palffy was a three-time 40-goal scorer, and he dropped below a point-per-game only twice in his career.
"He's likely the most dynamic goal scorer available," said GBC. "He skates like the wind and he has a powerful shot. And he's fearless, too. He's not big, but you won't intimidate him."
GBC said the club was looking at either Palffy or Bill Guerin for the second round pick. Guerin's more of the traditional player they want, but Palffy brings much more scoring ability.
"Once we got Palffy, we knew the player we wanted: Billy Taylor," GBC said.
Taylor is the best offensive player available in the MLD, GBC said. Taylor led the league in assists in 1946-47, was top 10 in assists four times, and was a productive player in the post-season. He won a Stanley Cup with Toronto in 1942.
"If we would have landed Guerin, we would have gone with someone else, but with Palffy here, we couldn't pass up Taylor," said GBC. "They should be the top scoring tandem in the draft."
GBC said he isn't concerned about the size of the two scorers, noting that they're going to be facing lesser defencemen in the draft.
"In the All-Time Draft, I'd be worried," said GBC. "But they aren't facing Earl Seibert, Black Jack Stewart, Serge Savard and Scott Stevens. They're facing lesser players."
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