2014 NHL Entry Draft Part 2
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04-07-2014, 05:40 AM
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With the improved play from the Habs in the last month, it's easy to foresee a long playoff run ahead and a Final Four being a possibility, IMO. That being the case picking between 27th - 30th is a realistic thought and revising the players that will be available is necessary.
Anton Karlsson LW/RW, speedster with excellent checking and a scoring touch, could be a great late 1st round pick. Might look good in the future on a line with McCarron at center and DLR at LW, as a energy 3rd line, changing momentum in a checking role, and creating secondary scoring behind the top six.
Marcus Pettersson LD a swift skating, puckmoving Dman with an offensive flair and 6'4" size attribute could become a 2nd pairing Dman for the Habs.
Ryan MacInnis LHC with a scoring touch, good skating and playmaking, NHL bloodlines, with 6'3" size, all qualities that will serve him well in the future.
Connor Chatham RW huge PWF at 6'3" - 225 lbs. already NHL stature, with shootout skills, playmaking abilities, sound defensively and rounding out a 200 ft. game, could be a top nine player in the NHL. Given the Habs already have McCarron playing well at center and Connor Crisp LW in Hamilton, both with NHL size, Chatham would give the Habs a high quality 3rd line with huge stature.(great for long playoff runs)
Any of the above four would be excellent choices for a late 1st round pick in a weak draft,IMO. This draft is one the Habs should be using to find another gem like Crisp, IMO and there are some very good candidates to balance their lineup. Timmins struck gold last year with late pick McCarron and Crisp in the 3rd, along with Andrighetto. A couple more players of their ilk, will solidify the teams balance and make room for the smaller Lehkonen, Hudon, Andrighetto to perform. Especially when the Habs already have Gionta & Gallagher in the lineup.
A viable 3rd or 4th round pick is Beau Starrett LW/C - 6'5 - 200 lbs. projected to be 6'6" - 230lbs after completing his college years at Cornell. Leads his South Shore Kings (USPHL) in scoring, former teammate of Liam Coughlin(Timmins darkhorse pick last year)now @ U of Minn., both players are huge in size and PWF's with NHL upside of 3rd or 4th line capabilities, IMO. Starrett could be a Ryan White type player for the Habs in 4-5 yrs., with his size could play the policeman role for the Habs and be a dominant force at the NHL level in that role.
I would consider focusing more on forwards than defense. As D-men take so long to mature. Even a stud like McDonaugh took 5 years. A more effective way of adding good defensemen maybe pro-scouting. Chances are there are more Mike Weavers out there.
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