It was really cool when Malkin singled Gonchar out last night during his speech. He obviosuly thinks the world of him. SG is a class act. It goes to show how important it is to have mentors around for young players. I doubt Karlsson or Spezza would be the players they are today without Alfie.
It was really nice of Evgeni to dedicate his trophy to Gonchar. I hope Gonchar can do the same if we end up drafting a Russian prospect this draft.
Toronto isn't a great place for these high profile prospects to flourish (though could change with Wilson gone now). The only guy who I'll worry about them drafting is Forsberg. That guy's gonna be a real good player no matter what. Hopefully Galchenyuk goes to the Habs.
I know it's silly for me to think this way but I worry of who Toronto will pick. :\
I'm very interested in who they pick. If the top 4 goes Yakupov/Murray/Forsberg/Galchenyuk (90% likely), and they want a forward, who do they pick? Grigorenko is unlikely, so Faksa, Girgensons, Teravainen, Gaunce?
With the Sens pretty much guaranteeing they will take a goalie at some point of the draft, I would mind seeing them use a later pick on a guy like Brandon Whitney. Good rookie goalie for Victoriaville, who is going to be handed the starting job next year.
Definite bias because he's a kid from Nova Scotia, but he has some chops. I am not as big a fan of using an early pick on netminders, preferring to find value later in the draft.