2014 NHL Entry Draft Part 1
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11-19-2013, 11:14 AM
Join Date: Oct 2012
I have been reading through this thread waiting for it to be a bit closer to draft time before I put in my opinion on this draft. But I think our need with our 1st round pick is clear.
A solid, big, two-way defender.
Looking forward, we have Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Max Pacioretty, Lars Eller and Michael Bournival who are still young enough to be here for a while. Add in guys like Collberg, De La Rose, McCarron, Hudon and Lekhonen who have good chances of being impact NHL'ers.
Vail, Leblanc, Nystrom and Crisp as depth guys if all goes well and Andrighetto and Reway can also be NHL'ers but higher risk.
Then on D. PK Subban and Alexei Emelin should be here for a long time. Beaulieu and Tinordi are pretty much our only hopes at good top 4's. Pateryn, Dietz, Nygren and Thrower have top 6 upside but not really impact players IMO.
I think Ekblad is way too high for us so I think we should target Haydn Fleury, Roland McKeown and Brycen Martin. They should go between 10 and 20 which is where I think the Habs will draft. Jack Glover, Jacob Middleton and Alexis Vanier should go later in the 1st round and are also good targets.
Haydn Fleury: Left Handed, 6'3, 205 pounds
Roland McKeown: Right Handed, 6'1, 185 pounds
Brycen Martin: Left Handed, 6'1, 180 pounds
Jack Glover: Right Handed, 6'3, 175 pounds
Jacob Middleton: Right Handed, 6'3, 195 pounds
Alexis Vanier: Left Handed, 6'4, 210 pounds
Fleury, Martin and Vanier can make a great Partner for PK in the future. Righties like McKeown, Glover or Middleton can be the 2nd pairing right d-men.
Yes I am suggesting drafting to fill a need.
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