Thread: Speculation: 2011 Draft Discussion (June 24-25)
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05-03-2011, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Koffein View Post
Fleury did pretty well with that height, and Grimaldi plays bigger than his size. Many were saying similiar things about Skinner last year, and even in the final rankings some agencies had him out of the first round because of size and skating issues. I agree with you that we should not use our 1st on a guy like him, but he will not last to the 3rd. Trading up in the 2nd to get a player with big size issues but top-10 (or top-5 according to some even) skill is well worth the risk. But I suppose you can always stay safe and draft bigger, sure bets to make the NHL. You know, like Mitera and Macmillan?
Can you name some effective players in today's NHL that are 5'6"? Brian Gionta is pretty small, as is Marty St. Louis, but are there enough guys to really make a GM think, "This will work"? The Kings drafted a great skill guy with no size in Oscar Moller and he can't stick in the lineup because he gets pasted into the boards or face planted in the crease every shift.

The odds are long enough drafting hopeful NHL players, lets not make it more difficult by heaping even lesser odds on top.

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