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02-24-2014, 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by nexttothemoon View Post
Just an aside... but other than Ekblad this might be the weakest draft for dmen in many, many years.

There's Fleury/Honka/McKeown and not a whole lot of other decent looking top D prospects out there.

I think that will contribute as well to Ekblad going #1 with almost 100% certainty... there's such a drop between him and anything else remotely considered to be a #1 or even top pairing type dman in terms of potential.

It looks like a decent/average year for forwards but for Dmen it's pretty mediocre (again when you get past Ekblad and a couple others).
The lack of Dmen in this draft won't have a bearing on Ekblad going #1 or later, the team picking #1 will. If Buffalo retains the first pick, I can't see them taking a RHD when they already have Myers and Ristolainen in the fold AND still need a 1C. The same can be said if Nashville wins the draft lottery (Weber, Jones). Winnipeg would be an interesting case as they have Bogo and Trouba, but also Little and Scheiffele down the middle, so we'll call them a coin flip. Every other team in the lottery is probably a lock to take Ekblad. But the D depth of the draft has no bearing, what does the team picking 1st care about what's available at 10th/15th/20th unless they have multiple 1sts?

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