2013 NHL Draft Talk Part V: Flyers own the 11th overall pick
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06-07-2013, 10:30 AM
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Wilmington, Delaware
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Having watched both players a fair bit, I thoroughly disagree. They are both excellent players and when I did a little ranking of the top 15 or so players, they ended up 11 and 12.
Morrissey to me has the higher ceiling (due to being the best skater, good passer, solid physicality, does everything at a bit above average level), but the lower floor (because he has to develop physically and he takes too many chances).
Pulock has the higher floor (he has an NHL body already, tremendous leadership, the best shot amongst the defensemen, good decision-maker), but a bit lower ceiling because he has only average skating and he's not expected to grow a whole lot more.
I love high ceiling, but let's not forget that most guys never reach their ceiling. You can anticipate Morrissey getting bigger, but sometimes that doesn't happen or it doesn't lead to the improvement you expect.
Both of these players are worthy of our consideration at number 11. I personnally would like to see one of Nurse or Ristolainen fall to us, but either Morrissey or Pulock are fine consilation prizes whom I personally like more than the physical specimens (Zad and Morin).
I see Nurse and Ristolainen as more of 2-way defensemen, we have enough Coburn's already.
We have enough defensive-minded defensemen, to coverup some defensive lapses,
what we need is another power play defenseman.
I am in favor of drafting a defenseman with offensive tools,
rather than hoping their limited offensive skills develop later.
My fear with Morrisey is that he will lose his elite speed as he fills out his frame.
People assume that his skating speed will still be elite after a year or 2 of development.
I am not convinced because getting bigger in sports means adding weight which could hurt your speed.
I see Pulock as closer to NHL ready and a better offensive weapon than Morrisey.
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