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11-03-2013, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Hockeypete49 View Post
Guys who I really think we would have a shot at if we are picking in the top ten who I have interest in are. Sam Bennet, Leon Draisaitl and Jake Virtanen. Can you tell me about them? Thanks. Now if by chance(which I highly doubt) we are picking first, right now I would go with Ekblad. I also like Dal Colle but not at one. Thanks
A couple of things about the guys you've listed. Sam Bennett is a good hockey player in the mold of Scott Laughton/Bo Horvat. You win with guys like Sam Bennett. He's probably the most complete forward going into the draft. He'll never be a high scorer. He's a potential 40 to 50 point player. However, he's one of those players you can throw into any role and he'll excel. Doug Gilmour has been very influential in Bennett's game.

Leon Draisaitl is an interesting player. Definitely a good hockey player with high offensive upside. Good hands, great skating, and uses his body well. He's also a highly intelligent player and he's sound positionally. What I like is how he, Josh Morrissey and Reid Gardner (another potential 2014 draftee) have carried Prince Albert on their backs. His competitiveness is something that can't be taught and he fights for every ounce of space he gets. I like Draisaitl, but I caution with guys like Draisaitl because of his late birth year. I expect someone who is eight to ten months older than his peers to put up better numbers.

As for Jake Virtanen, I'm not sold on him at all. He's one of those guys that oozes talent, but just isn't able to put it all together and I'm not sure if he ever will. I just don't think he has the hockey IQ to do it. Yes, the talent package is tantalizing, but if the smarts aren't there, no matter what system he plays in, he's always going to leave you wanting more. With Virtanen, you're hoping that the smarts catch up with the talent and that's a risky proposal to take on a player, especially very high in the draft.

Once again, just my take on all three.

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