Should have just had a separate thread for each of our picks so we could discuss those things.
We have what we have.
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Tanguay has the most experience. Perhaps he is the most adaptable.
Does anyone have info on Bigras?
He's a LHD measured at 6' 0.75" at the combine. No weight listed but I've seen him listed at 189 lbs.
Bob McKenzie interestingly enough had him ranked #32. Here's what Craig Button had to say about him.
"TSN Scout Craig Button:
Chris is a steady, dependable and reliable defenceman. Excellent poise under pressure and he makes the right play regardless of the challenge. Not flashy but incredibly effective.
Craig Button: No. 35 | NHL CS: No. 14 NAS | ISS: No. 30 | The Hockey News: No. 33 | McKeen's: No. 27"
8. Chris Bigras - Defenseman - Owen Sound Attack
Received Votes From: 14/15
Highest Placement/Lowest Placement: 6th (3x)/Outside of the Top 10 (1x)
The Scoop: Bigras is the "Steady Eddie" for the Owen Sound Attack. He plays crucial minutes in all situations for Owen Sound, and rarely makes mistakes. He excelled in such a role for Canada at the Under 18's as well. While there is some debate about the upside he possesses, he seems like a pretty safe bet to have a lengthy NHL career.
"Chris is such an intelligent defensemen. He plays a quiet but effective game, which composure is a big key, as he doesnít seem affected by the pressure. While having such a polished defensive game, Chris is underrated in terms of offensive potential." - Anonymous
"Bigras won two International gold medals (Hlinka, U18) this season, a feat that will not get over looked by NHL teams. His offensive/defensive zone awareness and hockey sense are in the upper echelon of the draft as he has a knack for finding the best option and is an effective problem solver. Bigras has a slight bow leg which made him susceptible to being beaten to the outside nonetheless he is very diligent in his own zone and was rarely caught out of position. Had a solid offensive season even when his PP time was swallowed up by Ceci he still managed to produce." - David Burstyn
" I canít get enough of how well this kid thinks the game. He never panics, always makes the smart play and is very good at both ends of the ice. He will never stand out and has tremendous risk management instincts. Positionally there may not be another player who understands the game as well as him in this draft. Heís the safest and most reliable defender available. Heís not the most exciting pick, but he will make a difference for the organization that drafts him." - Anonymous
Bigras reminds me of the ROR pick, not a lot of people felt he had wild upside, but he did just fine.
The Martin pick annoys me, this didn't feel like the draft to nab a goalie, let Allaire's team do the work on it next year as we still have plenty of prospects.
Loving the Geertsen (Gair-et-sen) pick. He models his game after Pronger physically but he is pretty meh at fighting. He's my new Beaupre for sure, guy I think will make our team down the road and really contribute in a solid way.
Will Butcher – A solid offensive defenseman, Butcher saw a lot of important minutes for Team USA and was often on the ice in must-score situations. He was a weapon on the power play and also showed improved decisionmaking with the puck on his stick. Butcher has good puck skills, is a high-end skater and possesses good distribution skills. His defensive game isn’t the strongest, but he showed an ability to make up for his lack of size with good anticipation and a strong defensive stick. He was very difficult to beat one-on-one and was able to hurry back. Butcher is prone to take risks with the puck and occasionally got burned, but he is effective enough offensively for that to be forgivable. The size is going to concern scouts, but there is upside in his offensive capabilities, which were fully on display in Sochi. He’s a tough guy to project, but he’s worth taking a chance on. U18WC Statline: 7 GP, 2-2–4, 2 PIM, +2. Projected Draft Range: Late Third Round