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06-30-2013, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Broad Street Elite View Post
Which of the first round picks would you define as "less safe" at this stage of the draft? Safe is a relative term based upon the players around him.

When you take a 17 year old defenseman 11th overall, it's inherently risky, particularly when that player hasn't been highly rated until the last 2 months.

Trust me when I say I would love to eat crow and have Morin turn into a stud. It's entirely possible he will. However, given how far out in his development this player is, it is absolutely a highly risky selection.
Safe as in, I deem it very unlikely he doesn't develop at the very least as a reliable 3rd pair guy. I expect him to be a second pair go-to guy. Also safe as in, not especially farther from the NHL than other D-men not named Jones. Safe as in, style translates fine to the NHL. Safe as in, got the genes to work with, so that he doesn't have to start with a hill to climb.

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