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03-27-2012, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by squidz View Post
There's a number of things you can trust Russo's objective evaluation of, and there's a number of things where you get nothing, or nothing meaningful. Draft evaluation isn't something you'll get out of Russo. He can tell you about the Wild's prospects, which draft picks they hold, and how their young players are doing, but he isn't a go to source for potential drafting insight. As someone else mentioned, if anything, that "no chance" is a statement of Fletcher's behavior. Remember last year they considered moving up in the draft to select Brodin, but decided to wait and he fell to them. Fletcher doesn't seem the type to move up in a draft as open as this one, and Columbus is going to ask for a prohibitive price on 1st overall.

As a side note, an interesting thing I've seen tossed about on the trade forum, but haven't seen a source for: Apparently a number of Wild personnel were scouting Sarnia (ostensibly for Galchenyuk, not Yakupov) and a couple scouts from another team were asked about it and quoted as saying "he's not making it to Minnesota." Seems they think he'll go top 3, or they're overestimating how late the Wild are picking.

I get the thing that they might actually not trade up to draft Yakupov, but im just dreaming about the idea of being able to draft 1st overall, and ending up with a superstar (without conc.)

And Galchenyuk may not be a bad choice at all.. He can play winger, he can score, and his father has been a "pro" and been competetive on high level for a long time, there can be some gene's that can come handy..

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