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06-23-2013, 01:32 PM
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NHL Draft for Spits vs CHL Draft for Spits

Why The NHL draft may be more important to the Spits than the CHL Import Draft.

The Spitfires have (2) two picks in the upcoming CHL Import draft. They have pick (11) and pick (20). If they are able to get a forward that is capable of playing as part of their top 6 this year and a forward who could be a top 9 forward this year and a top 6 next year, it will be a very successful draft and would allow the team to become a team with good scoring potential.

However, IMHO, the NHL draft could conceivably prove to be the more important draft of the two.

Kerby Rychel will be the 1st and probably the only Spitfire chosen from last yearís roster. Everyone hopes that he gets picked high in the draft. Itís been predicted heíll get picked in the 20th -25th slots of the 1st round. IMHO I think a bit more conservatively (2nd round pick #32).Other roster players who are eligible are DeKort, Murphy and Bateman. It would be a pleasant surprise if they get picked in the later rounds. Unfortunately where or if these players get picked will have virtually no impact on how the Spitfires perform in 2013-2014.

The players who do have the most potential to impact the Spitfire roster are two of the Spitfire draftees that are expected to be picked in the 3rd - 5th rounds. Both Evan Allen and Will Butcher played for the NDTP in the U.S. and both are verbally committed to NCAA colleges and most likely that's where they'll end up

However if either or both are picked early in the NHL draft it is conceivable that they or the teams who pick them might feel that the OHL offers a quicker path to Pro hockey than the NCAA route.[Pat Sieloff is a good example for them]

Evan Allen would become a top 6 forward as the season progresses while Will Butcher would become among the top defenseman on the depth chart.

Certainly this would bolster the team BUT not only that, it would give the Spitfires the flexibility to trade other players for veteran players who would add depth and experience to the team and/or draft choices which could be utilized to acquire players.

If Butcher decides to come to the Spits it would allow the team to use a player such as Ebert or Bateman to be included in a deal that could bring another scorer or power forward to the squad.

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