Did anyone hear Pierre Dorions breakdown on him? Best player at the beanpot outside of Jankowski, that tournament is no joke tons of nhl draft picks OHL players and guys that have commited to division one schools. Yet again by picking a college player he has lots of time to develop, he clearly has the hockey blood in him and he is probably still growing.
Wait, isn't the Beanpot a tournament between Harvard, Boston College, Boston U and Northeastern? How would Jankowski and Boyle been in that?
High school version of it that I haven't found yet I guess?
I don't know anything about him, but I'm sure he would have still been available in the 5th round, if not the 7th, just based on his ranking.
and yet, it's likely some other team thought the same and was planning on taking him in the 4th round to be safe. They're screwed now if he DOES turn into any sort of NHL player aren't they? (Screwed in a sense they didn't get to pick him at all).
A good friend of mine has played a decent amount against Boyle and Baillargeon. He's a really good player who will play pro and likely would have been drafted if he was a bit bigger (not my opinion, but the opinion of an NHL GM). He played against Baillargeon 2 years ago and Boyle the past two years. Anyways, he says Baillargeon is a good offensive player but not nearly as solid as his stats make him out to be. Sort of a textbook player who is more of a complimentary player than a spearhead. Doesn't see him having NHL skill.
As for Boyle, he said that Boyle has a really good chance of being a player. Solid, mistake free guy who can play bigger than his size and really dominate a game. Maybe went a bit too high but the Sens thinking he's worth that pick makes him think he has a pretty decent chance at being a bottom pairing D. Really, there was nothing bad he could say about him and he definitely is a guy who has a solid shot if he keeps working his ass off.
It is clear that Pierre Dorion likes to reward the scouts for their work by spreading the picks out. Picks this year from the USHL, QMJL, OHL, WHL, and Europe. During TM's interview after the draft he stated that after round 3 or so they listen to the scouts and draft whoever they are pasionate about. Similarly PD makes sure the scouts get camera time after the draft to talk about their picks. This is leadership at the managment level and helps account for the excellence of the Sens drafting level. They get good scouts, pay them well and listen to them. This is the life blood of this team.