Bo Hovat is considered a potential top 10 pick? I have not seen the guy play so i'm asking for advice. Everything I have read on the guy says he may not have the hands to be a top 6 forward... That seems to me ok for a top 18-30 pick but top 10s usually are considered to have higher ceilings than that... Case in point:
Out of all these forwards picked around the 10 spot, not one was considered unable to be a top six guy coming into the draft... Is the consensus underrating Hovat? Am I missing something? have I been reading the wrong articles?
I do hear Kesler comparisons so obviously a top ten pick if that is the case but most of what I see is solid third line guy who could be a top six.
I watched a lot of Knights games this year, and all this talk about Horvat potentially being a top 10 pick is fair. Horvat is a beast! Probably the best two-way forward in the draft this year and his excellent playoffs really increased his stock, especially after he was named playoff MVP with 16 goals. I think Horvat has all the tools to be a top 6 player who can play in all situations, even strength against the opponent's top lines, as well as on the PP and PK. Horvat, for me, resembles a slightly smaller version of Jordan Staal. I think this is a deep draft, but we won't know for sure for 3-4 years.
When I think of a deep draft I dont think of a great top 15, I think of quality that stretches deep into the 2nd round. To me this draft seems very good in the top 5, average for the next 15 or and good for the next 40
Doesn't mean there is high end talent throughout the draft. In this draft you could get a very good player in the 2nd round. Most 2nd round players this year could've been first rounders last year. It's very similar to 2011 in terms of depth throughout the rounds. 2011 didn't have the elite talent that this draft has though in the top 10.
I'm not sure about weak, but to me, it seems that there is a sharp drop off as the top half of the first round goes on and turns into an average draft towards the end of the 1st. I see a lot of the same concerns about players selected 20 and beyond (3rd line with 2nd line upside, lack of defensive awareness, lack of effort, skating) that we see with every draft year.