2012 NHL Draft Thread Part III
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05-07-2012, 01:43 PM
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Your two cents are always appreciated STK.
Dumba is certainly a wildcard. I just can't help being blinded by his dynamic skillset. I'd like to believe that his deficiencies defensively are a result of overexhuberance on his part. He is still so young and he's certainly a wild stallion in his style of play. I can't fault a kid for caring too much and wanting to make an impact every shift - I actually laud him for that. While I don't think he'll ever be a defensive stud, he certainly has the tools to be. As he matures, I think his game will evolve into less recklessness. I could be way off in my assessment, but I love the 'idea' of Dumba and how he fits on the Isles.
I think I should be more specific in my CDH and Murray comparison. While I agree that they are different players, they essentially have the same value in terms of impact for next year and possibly the year after. Murray is NHL ready and he could be a solid top-4 guy for us next year. CDH is still 20 as of today, but he could be a solid top-4 guy for us next year just as well. I'm probably nitpicking because if Murray was a RH shot, I'd take him in a heartbeat, but my redundancy comment is more a result of looking at the depth of LH d-men in the system. Donovan isn't looking too bad either. If you're picking 4th and you have your choice of any d-man in the draft, I'd just like to draft someone with a skillset and upside different from anyone else in the system. Oh yeah, he's gotta be a RH shot - I know I'm obsessing over that one thing.
With all that said, the Isles will go forward in this draft. I'm convinced of it.
With regards to the righthanded shot thing, I honestly don't think it's that big a deal. Especially when (for whatever reason) LH shots seem able to play their off-side a lot easier than RH shots do. Murray, for example, is a LH shot, but played on the right side on Canada's shutdown pairing with Scott Harrington (another lefty). So while I suppose ideally you want RH and LH on their more natural side, I don't think it's that big of a stumbling block if the player is the better overall choice (which, IMO, Murray is over Dumba).
A part of me also leans toward Murray over Dumba due to their "downside". With Murray, even if he doesn't pan out as good as expected, he's still a pretty safe bet to be a bottom pairing defensive type (Mark Eaton in his better days, for example). Whereas a guy like Dumba seems to have more inherent risk in being a boom/bust type. He could be anywhere from a legitimate top pairing powerplay QB, to a Garnett Exelby/Bobby Sanguinetti hybrid.
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