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02-07-2014, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by S Bah View Post
The 2014 Entry Draft may be a weak one, but there were some very interesting players at both the WJHC's and the Prospects game this season. While very little worth, GM's are putting on these picks, I'm thinking Bergevin can load Timmins up with late 1st's, 2nd's and 3rd's. His trades picked up Weise and Czarnik, two character depth players, the types needed for long playoff runs in either league AHL/NHL. Those low round picks that can be had this year, are ones his scouts can use to draft these character Dmen & forwards from those WJHC's & Prospects games.

There are many more that play in the USHL as well, sure some may not reach the upsides predicted for them, but the players that do will have been with other teams picks. Here are some players available:

Late 1st round;

Ryan MacInnis
Roland McKeown
Eric Cornel

2nd round players;

Oscar Lindblom
Brendan Lemieux
Nikita Tryamkin- The Giant Dman -WJHC's
Ryan Mantha
Connor Chatham
Adam Mattson
Julius Bergman
Alex Vanier
Austin Poganski
Pavel Jenys
Vaclav Karabacek
Damir Zhafyarov - The little Russian eye-opener at the WJHC's
Ben Thomas
Ilya Lyabushkin
Nick Aube-Kubel
Matt Mistele
Ryan Collins

That's a few that can be NHLers IMO and in a weak draft for players that could become UFA's and gain the Habs zip, squat, zilch, why not is my question not why or it's a waste of time. This is how teams gain depth, using every resource available to them and to optimum value also.
Nothing against those high character guys but what's the upside in spending a first or second round pick on most of them? You can get guys like Winnik, Fiddler or Goc for 1.8 a year and depth guys like Malhotra, Craig Adams or Steckel for 500K a year.

In a cap world you're much better off making your picks on players who will provide a lot more value and still have that production come for cheap.

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