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06-25-2006, 08:35 AM
V-2 Schneider
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Examine the top picks closely, and note a pattern in how Montreal selects talent.They will not draft a top player with questionable hockey sense.Period! Note how Fischer,Maxwell,Carle and White all make good,quick decisions,can control the puck well, and are all tough to knock off their feet.These players show they can be coachable and intelligent enough to improve other aspects of their game.Montreal is not going to invest time and talent in developing prospects that lack the mental toughness and acuity needed to play in the NHL.

AFAIK, Montreal is managing their draft assets as well as anyone in the NHL,and doing what it takes to reduce the risk of picking a bust.Our top three selections all have high skill,but possess the mental strengths to progress to another level.

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