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12-30-2010, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by AmericanDream View Post
compared Ebert to EJ in draft position only; as could Nick Ebert be the next Erik Johnson (#1 overall pick dman). didnt think it I had to state otherwise as the two play different types of games and are nothing like each other build wise as well.

didnt think Ebert was a risk, but if you think a Russian forward is less of a risk then Nick Ebert, well ummm...okay
I knew you weren't comparing them as players. Me saying Forwards are safer picks than defensemen kind of showed that.

And the Russian factor affects kids who aren't neccesairly the top pick. And as Burmistrov has shown last draft, and Namestinikov and Khokhachev will show in 2011, playiing in North America as a Russian definitely helps, as those two would not have had any chance as a first round draft pick if they stayed in Russia. Yakupov is a top talent, top 3 for sure right now, and he'l have at least 2 years in Canada. I easily see teams taking him over Ebert.

Like I said in my last post, if two players are similar in ranking, but ones a defensemen, teams will take the forward for BPA. I'm sure St Louis would have loved to had a Backstrom or Toews now, as EJ never turned into that franchise defensemen yet, as most expected him to.

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