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07-30-2005, 04:32 PM
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Good coverage here:

Laakso was apparently rated no. 37 overall and Parent 17. Here are some of their stats, etc.:

Round 1/18 Ryan Parent, D Complete Bio Page
HT WT Team 2004-05 Stats
6-2 183 Guelph (OHL)
GP G A Pts PIM +/-
66 2 17 19 36 5
Scouting Report: Parent's overall game far outweighs his production at this stage of his development; plays a no-nonsense style with plenty of intangibles; captained the Canadian entry at the 2005 World under-18 tournament and led the club to a silver medal--despite not earning a point in six games; was one of the few members of the Storm to boast a positive plus/minus rating in 2004-05 (+5); gained invaluable experience while playing sparingly for Guelph at the 2004 Memorial Cup; needs to add more aggression to his game in order to eventually keep NHL forwards honest.

Impact: Obviously, the Predators take the best player available with absolutely no exceptions. As a result, they make their biggest strength (defense) even stronger with the selection of Parent. However, they may regret not addressing their long-term needs at the center position. Parent's all-around game sold the club. Now, it's time to deal some defensive depth for center help.


Round 3/78 Teemu Laakso, D Complete Bio Page
HT WT Team 2004-05 Stats
6-0 187 HIFK Helsinki (Fin Jr.)
GP G A Pts PIM +/-
20 5 4 9 18 -
Scouting Report: Laakso was busy this past season, as he played on four squads: HIFK Helsinki in both the SM-Liiga and junior elite league, as well as the Finnish entry at both the 2005 WJC and World U-18 tournaments; appeared for the first time in Finlandís top league and produced two assists in 15 games; also potted five goals and nine points in 20 games in the junior ranks; likes to play a physical game, but there are questions about his durability--mainly due to a smallish frame.

Impact: The Preds would love it if Laakso came close to matching fellow Finn Kimmo Timonen's impressive NHL resume. However, that's a few years away. It's still a bit of a mystery as to why Nashville continues to stockpile defensemen, especially with a crying need at the center position.

Round 3/79 Cody Franson, D Complete Bio Page
HT WT Team 2004-05 Stats
6-5 205 Vancouver (WHL)
GP G A Pts PIM +/-
64 2 11 13 44 -10
Scouting Report: In his first full season with the Giants, Franson was one of only three members of the squad with a negative plus/minus rating in double digits (-10); owns outstanding size and strength; possesses an excellent shot from the point; needs to be more assertive on the ice, especially if he is to play regularly at the NHL level; possesses a fair amount of offensive upside, but must learn to do better without the puck; is considered a bit of a project among the 2005 crop.

Impact: With the second of back-to-back picks, Nashville opted for--wait for it--another blueliner in Franson. Perhaps the club intends to play with three defensemen and only two forwards from now on. Franson will have a hard time getting quality minutes in the Preds system, so he better enjoy the rest of his junior career.

- Enoch -

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