I never watched Kluzak, but the rest, although not worthy of #1 picks, had pretty solid careers (considering what Berard's career was before Hossa poked out his eye), and were top 4 dmen on their teams during their primes.
100% correct Shakey most of the guys were decent top 4 but none of them were near 1st overall impact players and it appears there in lies the challenge. I think it is tougher to forecast 18 year old defensman with elite ceilings especially offesnivley as in future Norris candidates? Not sure why....maybe it's the position.
It's almost like the closer you get to the net the foggier the crystal ball gets.
So just how good is Lowry now? If he was in this years draft where would he go?
If Lowry was do be drafted in this year's draft, I would expect him to go in the 1st round. He had similar stats to Tanner Pearson as a 20 year old and Tanner went 30th overall. Lowry however has the athletic pedigree from his father and is a much bigger player which usually holds more value.
I think Lowry is probably a good 3rd/4th line player right now for the Jets, but I think some time in the AHL will server him better and potentially show if he can mature into a top 6 role.
First game of the Barrie/London series is tonight.
OHL playoff MVP watch: Max Domi, Mathias Niederberger, Mark Scheifele lead the frontrunners heading into final:
Mark Schiefele, Barrie Colts — The Scheifele-Anthony Camara-Zach Hall line will do Barrie's heavy lifting in the final, as it's done all spring. Should the Colts pull off the win, a lot of MVP consideration would conceivably go to Scheifele, their No. 1 centre who's probably been as good as advertised. The 19-year-old pivot's eight goals and playoff-leading 19 assists and 27 points are probably in line with what can reasonably be asked from someone who has shown enough potential to play 11 NHL games as a teenager. Scheifele's also more than held his own against some very heralded centres in the playoffs: Minnesota Wild prospect Tyler Graovac of Belleville, along with Philadelphia Flyers first-rounder Scott Laughton and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Boone Jenner on the Oshawa Generals.
Hah! So true. It is supposed to be a really nice venue though, especially considering it mainly serves an a junior club rink.
It's a great venu Gump. We have a business about a block from the rink and the Hunters have done a great job driving the Knights brand. They have a good staff and run an excellant business. The building is perfect for junior hockey.