As a BC fan im hoping the Bs pick up one(or more) of their recruits cause theres a numbers of them in the first couple of rounds. Steve Santini, Ian McCoshen, Ryan Fitzgerald, Scott Savage, and Connor McGlynn
Anyone have some in-depth info on JC Lipon? Passed over despite a good offensive season last year and is now averaging 2pts/gm. Obviously has the benefit of a good line playing with Bozon so curious about the skating and skills and how they might translate. Also curious why he was passed over....65 pts in 69 games in the WHL is nothing to sneeze at in your draft year, he has a decent enough frame and I see a 111 PIM's. I read an article that where scouts viewing him this year said he was on par with late 1st rounders and second rounders from the 2012 draft. Also discusses how he was a considerable, national wake boarding talent so he may just be discovering or redefining his natural athleticism?
Last lockout we ended up with Matt Lashoff over TJ Oshie, Steve Downie, James Neal, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Petr Klaus over Pavelec, Stastny, Latendresse, Mason Raymond, Kris Letang, and John Quick, and Jonathan Siglet over Keith Yandle.
Here's to hoping 2013 goes a bit better.
To be fair, a lot of other teams passed on Neal, Stastny,Yandle, etc.
On a positive note, Petr Kalus did net the Bruins Manny Fernandez.
A few guys are slowing down after fast starts. Ryan Kujawinski and Stephen Harper were both pegged as late 1sts/early 2nds and now I wouldn't be surprised if they are both mid to late 2nds at this point. I like both players for the Bs, high character big bodies with some grit. 1st round I'm really hoping duclair is around or Steve santini. One is an electric wing with elite speed and hands and the other is a big physical D man. I think both fit some potential needs in the future