Around The NHL (Part XLI)
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02-03-2013, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by
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Ryan Murray has a chance to become a franchise defenseman. Columbus has some really good D prospects, but none that can be franchise players. They got unlucky with Murray losing a whole year of development to injury. I can see why they picked him. Build from the net out (even though their goalie situation is bad.)
However, Gally would have worked really well for them. Habs already have Price and Subban. Now they add Gally. The also have MaxPac. That's a very solid core. In the end, I think both teams will be happy with who they drafted.
I wonder how Columbus is going to get that big time forward though. Maybe they swap a good D prospect for an equal forward prospect.
I'm not so sure about franchise potential. Most scouting reports I've seen rank him as a safe bet to be a Dan Hamhuis. No disrespect to Dan Hamhuis, who is the best defender on one of the deepest blue lines in the league, but that is not a guy I target with the 2nd overall pick ahead of a guy as talented as Galchenyuk.
I just see nothing flashy in his game. He hasn't been a big point producer at any level of hockey yet besides the Saskatoon Ball Hockey League while Gally has been raised in hockey roots and is hyped as the next big thing in USA hockey.
There were two defenseman that have improved leaps and bounds this past year from that draft and they're Rielly and Trouba. I think either three can be the best d-men in the draft. (along with Murray)
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