2013 Draft Discussion (Mar. 29 article, post #976)
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03-30-2013, 07:37 AM
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Umm... Patrick Kane scored 62 goals and 145 points in 58 games in the OHL during his draft year. Please, tell me which prospect in this draft is comparable to that?
You're trying to prove you know what you're talking about, and you're not doing a very good job of it.
Kane wasn't even thought to be the best player on his team, at the start of his draft year. Scouts had Gagner rated higher. Then, Kane started to get a little exposure, as well as Voracek, and the hype machine started gaining momentum for players like JVR and Turris, who were billed as the next Nash, and Yzerman, respectively.
GAGNER TOPS CENTRAL SCOUTING LIST:
The National Hockey League's preliminary ranking of players eligible for the 2007 NHL draft has been released and the top three OHL players are not surprising.
London Knights rookies Sam Gagner and Patrick Kane are ranked first and third while Ottawa 67's forward Logan Couture is sandwiched in between.
All three players have had strong seasons, though Couture has struggled a bit of late after battling through a bout of mono early on in the season. Gagner and Kane have surprised some people as the two are among the league's scoring leaders.
Preliminary discussions with NHL scouts indicate that this year's first-round draft crop looks like one of the weakest in the past decade.
"I'm not really excited about this draft right now after seeing Ontario (the past few weeks)...the OHL is brutal prospect-wise this season," noted one scout, who is off to Halifax to concentrate on the Quebec league standouts for a couple of weeks, including Jakub Voracek of the Halifax Mooseheads, rated first overall in McKeen's preliminary rankings for the 2007 draft.
The scout is not alone in being a little less enthusiastic about this year's group of forwards than recent draft classes that yielded the likes of the Staals, Johnsons, Malkin, Ovechkin and Crosby.
"There just aren't a lot of guys jumping out at you, a lot of top end forwards like last year and the years before that," admitted another scout. "But it's early on...there's lots of hockey to be played yet."
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