I officially want Jordan Staal and will be disappointed if we don't get him. So years from now, when we haven't drafted Staal and we are very successful with somebody else, you can all feel free to bring this post up and make me eat crow.
They have Trouba at 6, Teravainen at 7, Girgensons at 13 and Grigorenko at 14
11. Washington Capitals (via Colorado):
Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener (OHL)
This would be an ideal fit for Washington, as they're still searching for a long-term answer at second-line center behind Nicklas Backstrom. Faksa's size and North American game could place him on the fast track to D.C.
16. Washington Capitals:
Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL)
If Maatta is available at No. 16 (the Caps may choose to select him at No. 11), he is likely headed to Washington because of the organization's familiarity with the London Knights (former coach Dale Hunter owns the team).
I don't get all the gnashing (not that it's not tongue in cheek but still) over the 08 draft. The mistake there wasn't passing over Eberle, it was passing over Carlson. You take Eberle, and who says Carlson is there to be taken with that next pick? That was a fragile set of lucky breaks that got them Carlson, no point in wishing it had gone another way unless you're talking about taking someone that was picked later in the 1st/2nd. AnGus busting is secondary to all that.
Was Carlson on anyone else's radar? He seemed to have the same USHL obscurity thing going against him that got Benn drafted so low.
He didn't become a sensation until he had that 76 point season with the knights.
My post for the 2008 thread...
Originally Posted by Backstrom #19
I love this trade, and I love the pick. Carlson is a great player. I had him ranked #17. I'm suprised he lasted this long. Mcphee knows what he's doing. Gustafsson, and Carlson, and we have 2 2nd round picks tomorrow.
Obviously I was wrong about Gustafsson but I'll take Carlson over Eberle all day.