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06-23-2013, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by WeThreeKings View Post
Habs drafted for size in the past and got burnt.

You can't get big guys that are slow. But you can get big guys who can skate and have some offensive talent.

Dickinson & Bailey are two big bodied boys who can skate and have offensive tools.
Nastasiuk, Rychel and McCarron (Mc is huge) aren't great skaters, McCarron is good for his size, but they bring a bit more nasty to the game.
Poirier is a guy with speed to burn, a good projectable frame and great offensive tools.

If we went for an all forward draft..
Rychel/McCarron at 25
Poirier at 34
Dickinson/Bailey/Nastasiuk at 36.
Problem is there are no rules... Some big slow guys pick up their skating, some big fast guys develop a scoring touch late. The trick is to predict (guess?) how much players will improve and how their skills will translate across a couple of leagues.

Admittedly the habs have not done well picking big guys with issues. Even McDonagh might have been kept around but before the trade there was a view that he matured physically early and was able to use that physical maturity to push the other guys around but would not be able to do so a level or two up. Lots of people project prospects incorrectly.

I could be wrong but based on bloodlines I expect Kerby Rychel to work out. On the other hand he's already high on some draft lists so he may not be an option.

There are always a few guys who succeed in spite of their weak skating.

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