A look back at the Habs 2007 and the players Montreal drafted
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06-24-2011, 01:35 PM
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Location: Montreal, Quebec
A look back at the Habs 2007 and the players Montreal drafted
Top 5 Players ranked by attribute:
High Risk High Reward
1. C Angelo Esposito, QMJHL Fast and skilled but seems to be afraid to take a hit. If he couldnt handle the punishment in junior how will he handle in the NHL?
2. RW Akim Aliu, OHL Has already been traded twice in his brief OHL career for attitude problems. First round talent but has some real character issues.
3. RW Brett MacLean, OHL Laziest player I saw in the first half of the season but hes always near the puck. Despite his size, if he isnt scoring, hes useless.
4. C Luca Cunti, SWIS Electrifying talent that is the most individualist in the draft and may refuse to play in the AHL which would hurt his odds of ever playing in the NHL.
5. RW Alexei Cherepanov, RUS Russia did not sign the transfer agreement and this might have teams passing on Alexei early. He also struggles with inconsistency.
Safe But Limited
1. RW Brandon Sutter, WHL It is too bad his offensive game doesnt match his excellent defenseman game. Big, simple, and hard working third liner.
2. D Taylor Ellington Think Craig Rivet, hes not a sexy pick but you win with players like him.
3. LW Mikael Backlund Complimentary second liner or third liner at the worse but hell never be the first liner we thought he could become last season.
4. C Olivier Fortier Gritty two-way third liner in the making that can kill penalties and win big face offs.
5. RW Spencer Machacek Owns a non stop motor and is a gritty two-way winger, but dont expect much in the way of offensive ability.
Top Goal Scorers
1. C Kyle Turris, BCHL Joe Sakic like release and can release it at full speed.
2. RW Patrick Kane, OHL No one can shoot the puck more accurately through traffic than Kane.
3. RW Alexei Cherepanov, RUS No one finds the open nice near the net better than Cherepanov.
4. C Oscar Moller, WHL Possesses innate ability to find the puck in heavy traffic and owns a heavy shot.
5. RW Aaron Palushaj, USHL Thomas Vanek like ability to bear down in front and finish.
Best Play Makers
1. RW Jakub Voracek, QMJHL Vision, creativity, and ability to pass the puck with the opposition all over him are unmatched in this draft. Might not have the most assist of this class as a junior, but his play making ability translates better than the others to the NHL.
2. C Sam Gagner, OHL Power play quarterback extraordinaire from the half wall.
3. C Zach Hamil, WHL Future power play dynamo.
4. RW Simon Hjalmarsson, SWE Creativity and instincts are through the roof.
5. RW Max Pacioretty, USHL Patient with the puck and exploits the open creases in the defense with a deft passing game.
Diamonds In The Rough
1. D Will Weber, USHS Athletic ability to be a star and can go coast to coast.
2. C Craig Smith, USHL Trevor Lewis upside, just needs to physically mature.
3. C Travis Erstad, USHS Tall and can skate with a great offensive package but is very raw.
4. LW Joshua Turnbull, USHL T.J. Oshie like one on one and finishing ability.
5. RW Steve Moses, EJHL Effortless and quick skater with great one on one moves.
1. LW Billy Sweatt, NCAA Amazing skater with an elite top gear and he knows how to use it.
2. C Angelo Esposito, QMJHL Effortless and powerful stride.
3. C Kyle Turris, BCHL Patrick Marleau like stride and power.
4. D Mark Katic, OHL Agility is the best I have ever seen for a defenseman.
5. LW Colton Gillies, WHL Long and powerful stride that is commanding.
1. RW Patrick Kane, OHL The puck seems to be magnetic to his stick and he creates a buzz every time he has the puck.
2. C David Perron, QMJHL Simply fun to watch with the puck in his hands.
3. RW Alexei Cherepanov, RUS Not flashy but the opposition cant get the puck away from him. 4. C Sam Gagner, OHL Capable of highlight real moves.
5. C Luca Cunti, SWIS Type of player you will pay to watch play because of his hands.
1. D Nick Petrecki, USHL Possesses hulk like strength and the drafts nastiest mean streak.
2. D Kevin Marshall, QMJHL Sean Avery like agitating ability to go a long with Volchenkov like toughness.
3. LW Colton Gillies, WHL Big kid with superb strength and finishes every check.
4. C/D Jim OBrien, NCAA Ryan Getzlaf like size and strength to compliment his edge.
5. D Taylor Ellington, WHL Teams will covet him at the trade deadline every year. Think Craig Rivet.
1. C P.K. Subban, OHL He is hesitant to involve himself in traffic and will let a guy walk him to the net before he takes a bruise.
2. C Luca Cunti, SWIS Ive never seen him finish a check or sacrifice himself to make a play.
3. D David Stich, QMJHL Big mature body goes to waste with his timid attitude.
4. RW Travis Erstad, USHS Hes big but hes hesitant to drive through anybody.
5. RW Sergei Korostin, RUS His skill is amazing but he always sticks to the perimeter.
1. C Calle Ridderwall, USHL Down to earth and is genuinely kind to everyone.
2. D Theo Ruth, USNTDP Enamored teams at the combine with his character. Also, every teammate he has played says hes a great guy. People just glow about his personality when discussing him.
3. LW Colton Gillies, WHL Every coach would love to have the pleasure of coaching him.
4. RW Dana Tyrell, WHL Team first attitude is contagious.
5. C Logan Couture, OHL Future captain is well spoken and is well grounded.
1. RW Luca Cunti, SWIS Potential coach killer and will flat out give up some games.
2. RW Akim Aliu, OHL Hes been traded twice already in the OHL because of his terrible attitude.
3. C Angelo Esposito, QMJHL Cocky, arrogant, and hesitant to venture into traffic. Some feel he hasnt improved himself since he was 16.
4. RW Brett MacLean, OHL Lazy and uninspired physical game despite his size.
5. RW Keven Veilleux, QMJHL Lazy, the team that drafts him will have to wake him up every game.
1. G Kent Patterson, USHL Best goalie in the draft could be the next Ryan Miller.
2. D John Negrin, WHL Less physical but more mobile Scott Hannan.
3. RW Max Pacioretty, USHL Big, fast, skilled, and a fine play maker.
4. D Nick Petrecki, USHL Second round talk is bologna. Hes big, mean, and mobile with exceptional athleticism and character.
5. D Jonathon Blum, WHL He has top 5 upside. Hes projection but his upside is through the roof.
1. G Jeremy Smith, OHL Athletic but hes not the best goalie in this draft and if a team takes him in the first round they will regret it.
2. C Nick Spalling, OHL Decent but not great at anything, needs to focus on a being a shut down center instead of trying to be the skilled offensive player he is not.
3. RW Nick Bonnino, USHS Hes older than most of his peers in this draft and will struggle against higher competition because of his poor skating.
4. G Trevor Cann, OHL Will be a back up in the NHL. But he is impatient and goes down too early making him easily exposed up high.
5. RW Brett MacLean, OHL He seems a step behind mentally, I have a gut feeling he wont cut it in the NHL.
1. D Kevin Shattenkirk, USNTDP Head and shoulders above everyone else as his offensive instincts, vision, and skill are through the roof.
2. D Jonathon Blum, WHL Hes fast and has the hands of a skilled forward to go a long with creativity and offensive instincts.
3. D P.K. Subban, OHL Terrible defensively but pure dynamite offensively.
4. D Colby Cohen, USHL Big defenseman that possesses a cannon point shot and impressive offensive creativity.
5. D Thomas Hickey, WHL Great hands with confidence and oozes creativity.
Shut Down Stay At Home Defenseman.
1. D Nick Petrecki, USHL Big, mean, and mobile, Petrecki is the prototypical shut down defenseman in the new NHL.
2. D John Negrin, WHL Big and mobile with exceptional defensive awareness.
3. D Taylor Ellington, WHL Physical, tough, mobile, and smart, Ellington is going to be a tremendous asset to the team that drafts him.
4. D Tommy Cross, USHS Tall with swift mobility and a heady defensive game. His physical game is underrated.
5. D Ian Cole, USNTDP Mature defender with size, smarts, and tenacity.
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