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10-24-2012, 11:32 AM
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So far, I'm not sure any players have really broken away from the pack so that a #1-5 pick would be much different than a #5-10 pick. MacKinnon and Jones haven't broken away into a top 2 and there's not a huge gap between them and the other top players.

It's too early to say but you've got at least 6 players who might have gone top 3 last year over Murray and Galchenyuk.

Redline Report says Finnish defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has a higher upside than Ryan Murray and Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm, and Aleksander Barkov "have fewer question marks" than Galchenyuk.

Judging by run on puck moving defensemen high in last year's draft, Ryan Pulock could go top 5. Goalie Zach Fucale could go in the top 10. Valeri Nichushkin could go top 5 if he wasn't Russian.

So, even if the Jackets end up draft #6, they should end up getting a very good player and the depth in this draft should also be incredibly good. They have extra assets, but wasting one of the first rounders to move up likely wouldn't be worth it. Even if the LA and NYR picks are at the bottom of the 1st round, the depth of this draft class is so good that they're going to get the type of players who would typically go in the middle of the 1st round.

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