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04-24-2013, 12:22 PM
Jack de la Hoya
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Originally Posted by Chris Shafer View Post
If the board breaks down like that I will buy all of [email protected] a beer. (Yuengling though. Don't expect ****ing Delirium or Guinness products.)

Your entire premise is based on the theory that Carolina will take Nichushkin over Nurse and that Edmonton will take Monahan or Barkov over Nurse.

I don't see either of those things happening.

That said, I like the idea of Ristolainen more and more. He's a taller, slightly slower version of Timonen. He's calm, he can move the puck, he uses his body effectively even if he's not bashing faces, he's intelligent as all hell, and he has great positioning. He almost has to make the Flyers' team though. He would gain a LOT working with Timonen in his last season.
Nichushkin is clearly the wild-card, no doubt.

I don't think it is that much of a stretch to think that Edmonton takes Monahan or Barkov over Nurse--that's the overwhelming perception of their board's fans, for instance, who presumably know something about the team's drafting tendencies and organizational needs.

Anyway, I'm not uncomfortable with Ristolainen either. You draft him, and you pretty much know you have a 3/4 defenseman who can steady a 2nd pairing (in the future) and quarterback a 2nd PP unit. He's probably one of the safest choices in the top-10--but I guess the question is whether the Flyers, who rarely find themselves drafting this high, are best suited to take such a conservative approach. If we're up, and Jones, Mackinnon, Drouin, Barkov, Monahan, Lindholm, and Nurse are all off the board, I think he's our best choice.

Originally Posted by orange is better View Post
i'd rather have Mantha than Shinkaruk
Surprising no one.

But, seriously, if we take Shinkaruk or Mantha in the top-10, I'll be a bit disappointed. I know that it is difficult to criticize the organization's drafting when it comes to forwards--and either or both may well end up to be very, very good NHL players. But we know that we need a young defenseman--and this is a chance to cash in on an awful abbreviated season. If a top-tier forward falls to us (like Couturier in 2011), that's a different matter, but I'd hope that they would take Ristolainen (or even Zadorov) over Shinkaruk or Mantha.

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