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06-21-2009, 03:49 PM
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It would be the McPhee draft pick trifecta: WHLer, size & NHL bloodlines.
Part of the production issue with Ashton it seems is that he was demoted at one point in the season and played with a couple of grinders that didn't ideally compliment his game. As a result, he had just 16 points (9+7) in his last 31 regular season games. He did still manage to lead Lethbridge in goals thanks to his torrid start but you wonder about his ability to create and manufacture offense on his own. Then again, if those question marks aren't there then he's a guy that would go ten picks (or more) earlier.
The Caps have the complimentary offensive talent that would suit his game but I wonder if that current limitation of sorts would necessarily make for the most appealing option at 24 in what looks to be a fairly solid draft.
If a guy can't create offense on his own in junior, what does that say about his ability to contribute in the NHL? I'm not saying he's got no chance, but it seems very risky for a 1st round pick.
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