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02-25-2014, 03:35 PM
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You might have a point Robin, considering Sweden are developing defensemen at a great rate (like Finland with goalers), I would like to draft a Swedish D prospect in the first 3 rounds than a 7th round project like Westlund (who was a good pick FTR).

Here is my top 5 for the Avs to draft. I only decided to choose realistic prospects (from pick 17th+), but this draft is so even in talent level that some prospect might go from 13 to 50.

1. Nikolaj Goldobin, RW [5'11" - 178 lbs] (RUS)
By far the player I want the most, highly talented Russian who can beat anybody with his skill level and vision. Reminds me a lot of Radulov in terms of playing style, frame, and talent. Good skater. Now could be an unrealistic target from Prospects Game.

2. Kevin Fiala, RW [Is either 5'10" - 165lbs or 5'11 - 195 lbs] (SUI)
Another player with a high talent level, but needs a lot of development in terms of frame and physicality. Besides Ho-Sang he is one of the best stickhandlers I have seen for this class. Picture his 5/5 stickhandling with great skating and you get a less physical talented version of MacKinnon.

3. Conner Bleackley, C [6'0 - 200 lbs] (CAN)
Probably the most unrealistic option on this list, Bleackley has the same qualities of Ryan O'Reilly. His offensive ceiling probably isn't as high as our Money Bags, but he could potentially be a consistent 20 goal scorer with along 45-55 points while bring a great two-way game. Future capital material.

4. Joshua Ho-Sang, RW [5'11 - 166lbs] (JAM-CHN-CAN)
Another insanely talented player who perhaps will go late because of his softness, but don't think this is a con. With our offensive depth, we can afford Ho-Sang to develop properly in juniors and AHL. He screams Matt Duchene 2.0 to me, best stickhandler in this draft bar none and has great agility with hockey vision to become an offensive force.

5. Brendon Lemieux, LW [6'0 - 210 lbs (CAN/USA)
Yes, son of Claude this guy doesn't have blood running through his veins, but bull shark testosterone. Insanely competitive player who brings a decent level of skill level as well. To me is a more goal-scoring version of Steve Downie, but brings the same qualities and talent level.

If we include the players who I think might be unrealistic targets, but could fall in the 20s range.
1. Nikolaj Goldobin, RW [Still tops my list]
2. Jake Virtanen, C/LW [Great player powerforward that you always want more out of]
3. Jakub Vrana, RW [Czech forward with great skill level and impressive compete level, also strong for current frame, Above 70% he is gone by 20th]
4. Adrian Kempe, C [Swedish powerforward, above 50% he is gone by 20th]
5. David Pastrnak, LW [2nd of the Czech forwards that was impressive at the WJC, 50/50 chance he is gone by our pick]
6. Kevin Fiala, RW
7. Conner Bleackley, C [Above 50% he is gone by 20th]
8. Roland McKeown, D [Solid two-way defenseman with solid offensive talent, 60% he is gone by 20th]

The players I want to avoid with our 1st rounder
- Nikita Sherbak: Great player, but not 1st round potential. Very solid 2nd rounder.
- Alex Tuch: Screams 3rd line grinder
- Sonny Milano: Too much of a high risk project
- Aaron Irving: Another great player who is not 1st round potential. Solid 2nd round to 3rd round.
- Robbie Fabbri: Another great player for the Love of God do not draft in the 1st round Pracey.
- Daniel Audette: Too small, even for the Q.
- Eric Cornel: Just don't.

The players I would like to target in the later rounds
- Adam Olias Mattson, D [Djurgarden]
- Brayden Point, C [Moose Jaw]
- Vladimir Tkachev, LW [Moncton] (Likely will be a high 2nd rounder)
- Keegan Iverson, RW [Portland]
- Austin Poganski, RW [Tri-City]
- Dysin Mayo, D [Edmonton]
- Nelson Nogier, D [Saskatoon] (High raising prospect, impressive player, Captain material)
- Reid Gardiner, F [Prince Albert]
- Brandon Prophet, D [Saginaw]

Because of the talent level is so close between 1st and 2nd rounds, this is one draft I wouldn't mind pulling a Red Wings; trading out of the 1st round and getting a high 2nd and perhaps a 3rd/4th as well. So Avs would have have,

- High 2nd
- Our 2nd
- Their 3rd
- Our 3rd
- Toronto's 4th
- Our 4th
- Our 5th
- Our 6th
- Our 7th

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