2013 NHL Entry Draft
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02-26-2013, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by
Rick Rypien Farts
I heard everyone rave that way about Gudbranson.
Also, I disagree with you about having holes in his game. The only hole might be his offensive production. He's not dominating the WHL with goals or assists. So, I think it's fair to say there's limited offensive potential since we're not seeing it a lot in juniors.
I'm not sure how smart it would be to choose another defenseman in the first round. ANOTHER ONE.. in consecutive years.
DT hasn't brought in the big fish in FA yet. It's unlikely that will bring Perry or Getzlaf over here. We need offensive studs and we need 'em badly since we have only one (not a stud yet, but with great potential).
Huberdeau and then what? Bjugstad?
Drouin or MacKinnon could help round out our offensive future. I prefer Mac over Drouin. But if we're faced with Drouin or Jones.. I'm just not sure if picking the d-man would be the right decision. Remember our past defesive studs. Bouwmeester.. Still hasn't seen the playoffs. We shouldn't make the same mistake.
The response to taking Jones will be to trade Kulikov for a forward. It assumes a lot.
Like you alluded to, Bouw was a can't miss d-man with all the tools who could skate as well as anyone. Now everyone agrees we made the wrong pick.
I agree that we should take a forward. There are plenty of quality D to be had in other parts of the first and second round. Kulikov is a good example of this. Erik Karlsson is the best. D are harder to project, take a longer time to develop, and we *need* more high end offensive talent. Bjugstad is nice prospect, but I don't see a ppg player in him. Hubs, I do.
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