Thread: Speculation: Winnipeg Jets 2013 Draft Talk
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02-20-2013, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by ps241 View Post
I know we want to be a big team that is tough to play against but I would take Jonathan Drouin in a heartbeat (if we ever got a shot). To me he could easily be a Claude Giroux or Patrick Kane level player and every team can use a dynamic playmaking guy like that and the kids compete level is off the charts. He is listed at 5'11" so he is not tiny either.

I know the big centre or #1 D man argument but this kid is as dynamic a junior for his age as I have seen in a while.
I agree ps241. The guy seems to be a special talent.

I also agree with the assessment by others that the greatest need for the team is a true #1 C. If you can't trade for one, or get one in FA, they you have to draft one, i see that logic.

That's sort of why i see going after ROR now is worth a great deal, and it may cost you a current core guy, but that may be okay. ROR could be a consistent 20+g/40+a/60++ pt C that plays PK and PP, bangs bodies and might be the future captain one day. To me, only Bogo, Kane, Trouba, Scheifele and 2013 1st rd pick would be untouchable, right now in a deal. If you could get a player like ROR now, for say, Little (or Burmi) and Postma, that completely opens up draft day options, no? Grab him - then does it matter who we draft?

Meaning, though most folks want BPA, they really seem to want BPA - who will be a #1C. Teams do that too, not just fans. But, having someone like ROR in the fold, wouldn't Drouin, Jones, Zadorov, or anyone look great? And then there are people who will say Burmi might just be as good as ROR one day. Give the kid a bit more time. Which might be true.

So, I guess what i'm trying to say is, pick BPA at the draft. Things can change so much from year to year, depending on who is available via trade or FA, that you take the best guy that fits your team (hard work, character, etc, etc.). And the more picks we can get (hopefully as high as we can) for UFAs, the better, imo.

If they pick very high, i'll always go for ungodly skill. That just doesn't seem to be available very often and is so hard to find. To find skill, determination, will to compete, and being on a crazy step development curve, well that's even rarer. Drouin works for me.

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