The more I think about it, the more I like the pick. I'll assume they know what they're doing with Centers. Was just tough to see with Maatta, Finn, Bystrom, and Thrower on the board still. I feel like they're trying too hard to re-create Mike Richards when they could have not traded him at all (NOT looking to open that can of worms), with Schenn and now Laughton.
We were going to boo their pick in 2014 regardless of what they did today. So...
We should boo the **** out of everything BUT their selection, then give him a classy round of applause when he takes the stage. **** Pittsburgh and their whiny, homerish, bandwagoneering, sports knowledge-deficient, Yinzer yahoo fanbase.
Laughton may be the smartest, most competitive draft eligible player for the NHL Draft. He always brings a high complete level, and is the kind of player who is willing to do whatever it takes to win. He will block a shot, make a strong offensive play, back check or drop the gloves if it could equal team success. He is strong positionally in all three zones, and plays a very effective two-way play. He respects his duties at both ends of the rinks and doesn’t chase the puck around the ice. He has a very good shot that is effective from the slot. He shows strong vision with the puck in both the offensive and neutral zone, and is effective at making smart decisions with the puck. He reads the ice well and makes crisp tape-to-tape passes. He is a very smart hockey player who seems to know what to do at all times. He anticipates well and can see a play two to three plays in advance.
I guess my personal philosophy is that you dont take safe players in the first round. Everyone says He wont be a ppg forward and his ceiling is a maybe 2nd line center most likely a 3rd/4th line. Feel like you should maybe go for a guy who has some offense and in tr 2nd round take a defensive minded center if you want