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12-06-2012, 12:14 AM
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Originally Posted by hototogisu View Post
Actually he did mention them. He had the four forward returnees (Strome, Huberdeau, Scheifele, Jenner) plus RNH, and the three I mentioned as his locks. Which means, if you take Bob's word as law, there's only 4 forward spots left be divided amongst MacKinnon, Drouin, McNeill, Monahan, Ritchie, Rattie, Shinkaruk, Graovac and Lipon. That's a lot of talent you're leaving out just because you've already locked in your grinders.

I don't know, to me, it seems like a backwards approach. Especially since many of the offensive guys also take regular shifts on the P.K. for their junior teams.
Well who out those players can play all 3 fwd positions like Danault and be effective in shutdown role or goon it like Wilson while providing offense/leadership (he had a pretty killer start to season in OHL offensively). IMO, they seem pretty ideal for the grinder/shutdown/leadership type role.

Offensive guys can take regular shifts on PKs but not all offensive guys can go from go to player to playing in a limited role and be effective. I don't see any issues with them being considered locks since those two should in theory slot in perfectly in the role.

I hate to say it but if it were up to me Hudon wouldn't be a lock yet. I'd add 4 top '13 draft guy Shinkaruk, MacKinnon, Drouin, Monahan. With the last pick I'll have to see who fits in best as a 3rd liner type and someone all round or specialist as 13th forward

Huberdeau - RNH - Scheifele
Drouin - Strome - MacKinnon
Shinkaruk - Jenner - [?]
Wilson - Danault - Monahan

Hudon I can certainly see fit in as a #13 or 3rd liner.

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