Thread: Speculation: Who should we draft?
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04-25-2013, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by 101st_fan View Post
As talented as Jones is, our defensive pipeline remains better stocked than our potential top six forward depth. With where we probably end up, a quality forward choice exists no matter which scouting ranks you decide to use.
I actually agree and disagree.

The defensive pipeline isn't really all that stocked anymore, at least not with top four talent.

Ekholm- #4, but has shown signs of trouble adapting to NA ice.
Ellis- third pairing\PP specialist
Blum- third pairing

Everyone else...COR, Bitetto, Aronson, Lainonen, Karlsson, Fernholm-- if they make the NHL, it's likely as a third pairing.

There's no one with top pairing upside in the system, and really only one with top four. On the forward side, Colin Wilson is already here, FF is close in terms of top line forwards. Second line forwards-- Beck, Aberg. 2\3 line tweeners-- Leipsic, Watson

I would prefer to have Drouin or Mackinnon (or even Barkov\Lindholm, in that order of 4), but it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to add another top pairing defenseman, especially one that could comfortably bump Josi to the second pairing(where I think he would be set up better for success)

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