Thread: Speculation: Who should we draft?
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05-02-2013, 04:05 AM
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Originally Posted by maplepred View Post
I would in 10-15 in a heartbeat!! But I would be shocked if he slipped that far, very doubtful.

But I wouldn't take him over guys like barkov, Mack, drouin because the talent is all very close, but none of those three have the khl contract.

I would take nichushkin fifth overall over guys like monahan and Lindholm to be honest, he just has way more potential, the draft really drops after top 5, then even bigger drop after top 10.
How much have you seen him play? I'd say he's got less offensive potential than Monahan. I've watched Nichushkin quite closely in the WJC and U18-WJC and he does not appear to have a whole lot more than great speed, size and strength. His Hockey IQ is just way lower than any of the other top forwards, basically all of his offense comes off the rush and I wonder how that will translate to the NHL with the smaller ice surface and stronger/faster opponents. There were maybe 3-4 guys on his own team that impressed me more at the U18's.

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