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06-27-2013, 01:30 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lumberton, NJ
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I'd say it's more Jones and then a huge gap down to the next group, with everyone else's ranking being tied to how much you prioritize particular traits (size, speed, puck skills, demonstrated hockey sense, physical play, etc).
THN and some NHL scouts have Ristolainen ranked in the 20s overall.
While he's considered one of the lower-risk defensemen, his potential as a "home run" pick down the line may be lower than the others. There's actually a wide range of projections on how much offensive upside he has and whether there are better prospects in terms of playing top-pairing caliber defense. There's a fair share of scouts who think he'll be a solid number three or four defenseman who isn't deficient in a particular area but is unlikely to do any one thing well enough to become an NHL star.
You can do the same thing for all the others. They all have their question marks and some inherent risks, as well as a case to be made for why they are the "best after Jones" in this Draft.
I hope those scouts work for Edmonton, Calgary, Carolina, New Jersey, Buffalo, and Dallas...
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