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05-01-2013, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Jack de la Hoya View Post
If one of the high-end forwards or Nurse/Ristolainen are there, then obviously you don't deal the pick, but I don't think that's likely.

Much more realistic, I think, is the Flyers picking with Jones, Mackinnon, Drouin, Barkov, Nichushkin, Monahan, Lindholm, Nurse, and Ristolainen off the board--plus one of Shinkaruk, Domi, Zadorov, Pulock, or some other random, off-the-board type.

In that scenario, the Flyers could take BPA, which is likely to either be a project (Zadorov) or a forward that doesn't address a pressing organiational need. I'm fine with that; the team drafts well in the 1st round. But I don't see the harm in seeing whether an organization with an abundance of PMD but a need at forward would want to make the swap, do you?

EDIT: All that said, if the Flyers are as high on Pulock as you are, I'd be fully on board with them taking him at 11. If you believe he's an all-around defenseman with a booming RH shot, then you take him at 11 and don't look back. If you think he's a powerplay specialist who can survive playing 2nd pairing minutes, then you don't. I'm fine leaving it to the experts.
Well, in terms of looking for a young PMD, Pulock fits the bill pretty nicely is my point. Might not be NHL ready but he's got some really nice offensive upside. I'd rather wait two or three years for a project that could be a no.1 defender especially when this team isn't a young top-4 PMD away from winning a Cup.

Obviously, it depends what defender would be coming back. I'd take a long look at doing it for Jake Gardiner and it's almost as if Gardiner has become underrated on these boards, probably much like Luke Schenn did. The other mentioned names in here (Wiercioch, Ellis, etc.) it's an easy 'no'.

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