Our scouting staff does their due dilligence. I think they are just working hard and making sure they have eyes on all the draft eligible players, interested or not, you need to know the strengths and weaknesses of these guys going into the future.
You could be right though. I don't think we have any interest in Domi. We may like Horvat. Zadorov may go too high. Bailey I don't know enough about to say.
I hope we look at Domi really seriously. He could turn out to be one of the best in this draft.
A few average skaters on the roster isn't going to kill us, plus if you have a smart player with average speed he looks faster because he reads the play very well. Mike Richards and Giroux are examples of that, both are poor skaters.
If there's one thing a player can improve, it's skating. Gallagher was an awful skater in 2010, and now he can hold his own against NHLers. Also, you don't draft based on what your team looks like at the moment of the draft. You draft for 5 years beyond that, so you get the guy who you'll think will be better down the road.
Giroux improved a lot on his skating, he's not a poor skater anymore, IMO. But yeah his IQ helps a whole lot.
1 No way Habs get Lazar unless they move up...Zykov would be a better pick in the second.
2nd - Morin is going in the first now, perhaps top 20. Mueller would be a great pick with our first....I have him ranked 11th overall.
2nd - Poirier would be a good 2nd round pick..with our own. Hurley's hands aren't great. Not sure about his upside.
2nd - Bailey I could see going in the second to the Habs....Lodge is more of a 3rd round guy and Desrosiers has dropped. Mid round guy at best IMO.
3rd - Diaby won't be there in the third, nor will Fasching I don't think. Diaby will likely be gone by 45.
3rd - No way McCarron is around in the 3rd. May well go in the first.
Based on the players you have listed...realistically...
1st - Mueller
MTL - Poirier/Diaby/Bailey
DAL - Fasching...if he drops
MTL - Lodge
McCarron that high ? Damn didn't thought he had that much potential, I mean, of course the size and physical side are there, but for the rest... a big project I suppose, a bit like Tyler Biggs ?
We need a top goalie in the system....Zachary Fucale has been outstanding in playoffs.
I agree, but with that his stock is rising and he'll probably be gone by our 1st pick. There are some interesting 2nd round candidates though with our pick or Nashville's. There is a solid group on 4-5 top goalies taht are all solid. Ottawa got Lehner in the 2nd round a few years back...