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04-14-2013, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by jadeddog View Post
if we draft around 8th, which seems pretty likely with our tough schedule and the fact that the team has all but checked out for the season, and monahan is there, we'd be fools not to take him.... he will be a perfect 3rd line center in a couple years... a guy who does everything fairly well, and has enough of a scoring touch to maybe play 2nd line center in a pinch (injury relief or what have you).... tough SOB to play against according to all reports, gritty, very good on faceoffs... the only real negatives in his game are his average skating and his only slightly better than average offence

i agree that lindholm looks good as well though, and i'd be perfectly happy if we ended up with him as well
I love what Monahan provides and I also disagree with your assessment of his offensive potential (he took a big step forward this year - his numbers look the same but the help around him was non-existent).

Despite that, I think I'd side with Lindholm if we had a choice of the two (which would be an absolute dream - I'd love either of them). People sometimes get a little too hung up on size - the best one-two centreman duo in recent memory is Sakic-Forsberg and they were both under 6'0 tall.

Lindholm is a gritty player and he's superb along the boards. He's the kind of player who could carry a second line long-term while Monahan is more of a complimentary player.

I'm praying we end up drafting 7th or lower. My worst case scenario at 7 would be like this:

1-Jones
2-Drouin
3-Mackinnon
4-Barkov
5-Nurse
6-Lindholm
7-???

That would leave us with one of Monahan or Lindholm for sure IF a team was sold on Nurse's potential. We could also go big and take Nichuskin if we wanted a bit more risk.

Dropping down another pick or two would likely result in us taking one of the 3rd tier forwards (Shinkaruk or Domi) or 2nd tier defencemen (Ristolainen, Pulock, or Zadorov).

I'd be perfectly happy walking away from the draft with one of Monahan or Pulock but I'd be ecstatic if we could add a guy like Lindholm. I just don't think we'll be in a position to make that happen.

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