2013 Draft Discussion Part 2
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03-31-2013, 04:21 AM
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On pursuit for a No. 1 defenseman to replace injured star Chris Pronger:
“Us and 29 other teams are looking for that guy. It’s a never-ending quest to try to find that defenseman that can play all situations.
Maybe you have to draft that guy.
I don’t know. I like our defensemen when the top 5 guys are healthy. If we could find the right guy and put him into that mix, it would make them better. Obviously, you’re not going to replace a Chris Pronger, but if you can find the right guy who plays on your power play and kills penalties …”
“I saw Jones play last year with the U.S. team (in the Under-18 World Championships) and this year at World Junior, and he’s got a lot of things going for him for a big man,” Pryor said. “He’s got good skills and moves extremely well. He’s been a good player at every level, and on the World Junior stage this year he elevated himself from the rest of the group as a young kid in that tournament. That tells you what kind of player he is and what he could be down the road.”
“He’s a good player and a big kid who hasn’t even scratched the surface of being a man,” said Pryor of Nurse, listed as the sixth-best prospect in TSN.ca draft expert Craig Button’s March rankings. “He’s got a little edge to his game too. You need those type of players. He’s one of those guys people will be talking about and we’ve seen a lot of him.”
Flyers have always taken the BPA, but they seem to realized young No. 1 defensemen are rarely traded. The only way to potentially acquire one is by trading for a young one after early struggles (Coburn and Schenn) and hoping they fulfill or exceed their potential or acquiring one after they have signed a pricey contract and then have struggled a season or two like Myers.
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