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03-07-2012, 01:57 PM
Holden Caulfield
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Originally Posted by Huffer View Post
Well that's not any Fun....

Seriously though, I am a big believer in BPA myself.

I'm just trying to get some discussion going. There have to be some guys here that have seen a lot of these prospects. For someone like myself who hasn't seen any of them, it's cool to hear people's opinions.

Here is a top 30 from (Not saying it's the best or anything)

Some interesting names in our range. And Gaunce is at 23.
Wow, Faksa at 14, Girgensons at 16, GAUNCE AT 23! This one is the most different rankings I have seen. Dansk is the top goalie, in the mid first round . Have not seen anyone else rank him above Vasilevski or Subban, and he is usually mid to late 2nd round. Interesting.

Originally Posted by JetNation View Post

Zemgus Girgensons
Ht/Wt: 6' 2"/175 lbs
Position: C
Team: Dubuque (USHL)
I'd be very happy with that pick. Good skater, big kid, plays a very safe sound two way game. Projects into a Rod Brind A'mour two way center type, Scheifele-Girgensons - Burmistrov down the middle in a few years would absolutely deadly.

Originally Posted by WJG View Post
Personally, I'm more interested in late round picks than I am in early round picks. Some potential late round steals IMO:

Alessio Bertaggia (Brandon)
Christoph Bertschy (Bern)
Mathew Campagna (Sudbury)
Gianluca Curcuruto (Sault Ste. Marie)
Tomas Filippi (Baie-Comeau)
Alex Gudbranson (Kingston)
Nikita Gusev (CSKA 2)
Tomas Hyka (Gatineau)
Denis Kamaev (Rouyn-Noranda)
Andrey Makarov (Saskatoon)
Jake McCabe (University of Wisconsin)
Tanner Richard (Guelph)
Lukas Sutter (Saskatoon)
Erik Thorell (Farjestad)
I'll comment on some of the guys I know.

Bertschy is an interesting player. Got good hands, skates well, but from what I saw plays the perimeter too much. I was frusterated with him at the WJC, I was expectng more.

Hyka might go as high as 2nd round. Well known for Philly blunder in camp last year (Philly tried to sign him, but found out they couldn't since he played in Europe last year), he has great wheels and very good hands.

Alex Gudbrandson is the younger brother of FLA top pick Erik Gudbrandson, so he has good bloodlines, but he does not have the top end talent of Erik. He has just 9 points on the year. But he does have a nasty edge to his game, and likes to hit.

The rest I don't know too too much about, hearing very good things about Nikita Gusev though.

Also, doubt anyone cares, but I am drafting for WPG in a 7 round mock draft and so far I have taken...

Round 1 (9th) - C Radek Faksa, Kitchener (OHL)
Round 2 (39th) - C Henrik Samuelsson, Edmonton (WHL)
Round 3 (69th) - D Trevor Carrick, Mississauga (OHL)
Round 5 (129th) - G Patrik Bartosak, Red Deer (WHL)
Round 6 (159th) -
Round 7 (189th) -

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