Ellerby at 9? Not so sure.
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04-27-2007, 04:04 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
We'll see. As I've said, if the Blues end up picking at 9 it won't be because they were content to sit there; it'll be because they tried to move up to where they thought they could get their guy, but couldn't get it done.[/QUOTE]
Drafts are funny. Usually, in each draft, there are only 3-8 sure fire top picks. In this draft, there are 7-8 (Turris, Kane, Cherepanov, Voracek, Van Riemsdyk, Alzner, Gagner and maybe Couture.) Therefore at 9 U could get screwed. A good example is Ellerby. While he has the physical attributes, the hard shot etc., the folks in Kamloops where he plays are still not impressed. In fact, he was benched late in the year.
So, whoever U take at 9 is a gamble. Zach Hamill, a centre, who plays for Everett is probably a safe a choice as any. However, he is more skill than grit. Lars Eller, a forward who plays in Sweden but is actually from Denmark is another possibility. Although, most draft services have not got him up to 9 yet. He is darn close and has a lot of upside potential. U could go defense but no one says
at #9.A defenseman with the same potential is likely available in the 2nd round.
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