No but seriously, I'm starting to think the team just wants to do a 2 phase rebuild. Wait till Hall and RNH are the 25 year old vets, then you have the young guys like Ekblad and McDavid on their ELCs.
Reinhart is 6'1 and Ekblad is the top defenseman. I would like either of those guys.
It's still early but they seem to be the consensus top 2 with a drop after. But we should all remember that at this point in their draft years, few expected Seguin or Drouin to get picked where they did. Lots of hockey to be played for these kids.
A few other names that interest me and could move up the rankings would be Dal Colle, Draisaitl, Bennett, and Virtanen for forwards and McKeown and maybe Fleury for D.
funny how this thread's cooled off after a couple of wins...
i've liked what i've seen from Goldobin and Dal Colle so far in the Super Series.
gotta make it to another Frontenacs game soon to see how Bennett's been doing. was just watching Perron take the puck repeatedly to the net and thinking how much that reminded me of Bennett. it's not a bad comparable. Bennett's skating could end up a little better and he throws the body more, whereas Perron might be a bit more tenacious (especially after the whistle). but the skill level, board battle and net drive that both players have make it an interesting comparison.
Drafting a center is an absolute must IMO. Unless someone obvious is on the board, but we really need a center. Right now I've got my eyes on Leon Draisatl. Really impressed me at this past World Juniors. Tyson Baillie is another one who caught my eye during the WHL playoffs. Plays a lot like Ryan Callahan.
Now let's be realistic. Edmonton never trades their first or second overall picks.
Now... Let's dream of a magical world where Mac-T has a brain while at the same time pretending that drafting top 5 every year is going to work out.
We've got Ekblad, Nurse, Klefbom, Petry and Justin Schultz.
Let's trade Petry and one of Hall, Eberle or Yakupov for a REAL first #1 d-man. Well let's pretend it's available. That's what it would cost.
So now we've got our blueline taken care of IMO.
We've got that #1 guy and Ference for vets to mentor the kids. The kids wouldn't drown in Edmonton if we had a real #1 guy to mentor them.
Now we trade one of Hall, Eberle or Yakupov for a REALLY awesome overall #2 center and a really good checking line winger. Maybe Edmonton throws a prospect in to even things up.
Now we're looking good down the middle and we've got an open space on each wing on our first three lines.
Trade Gagner for a good 3rd line winger.
Sign Jagr to a 2 year 6M contract to play on the second line. I bet he'd rub off well given his experience. I know the term is long given his age and the price is a little higher than it should be, but he's done it all.
Lastly we have an open spot on our first line. Be it the left wing or the right wing. We need to sign a Burrows kinda guy. Someone who can play lots of minutes responsibly at both ends. Someone who'll go to the front of the net and bang in the corners. He doesn't need to be a legit top 6 player. Just someone that's going to bring sandpaper to our first line.
I think we've got a real hockey team now. But this is a dream world.
Hall/Sandpaper guy- Hopkins - Eberle/Yak/Sand paper guy
Perron-New #2 center- Jagr
Gagner trade - Gordon - guy came with #2 center
New guy- Schultz
That's a hockey team. But it won't happen. BEcause Mac-T doesn't care.
Fleury could be an interesting add ....he may be similar to Nurse if he picks it up a bit...
I've never watched either of them but it sounds like he has a bit more of an edge than ekblad but probably does not have the same level of poise and offensive ability.
That said, Ekblad has 8 goals already. He could have 15 by the end of the year and have 40-50 pts.
If they could trade down and snag a pick and get a Ritchie and a Fleury somehow....barring Ekblad.....that would be grand.
This from the Prospects board on Fleury and Ekblad:
Originally Posted by DraftBuzz Hockey
Fleury's hockey sense is rapidly improving. It is one of his scouted strengths now - he routinely makes small, crafty plays to stop opposing pressure in his own zone and start a breakout. Like you said, he is a fearless puck rusher who needs finish plays better in order to boost himself into the top tier or else he will just end up being a projection. His prospect potential is extremely high.
Ekblad is a mysterious prospect. His recent play at the Super Series has thrown a wrench in our overall view of Ekblad in a positive way for AE. He looked like a veteran, drafted CHL'er in the Super Series. Presumably, less erratic play from more talented players puts Ekblad in a prime position where he does not have to cover teammates gaffes - something that he is not explosive enough to do. This is something that has somewhat compromised his defensive play for Barrie. He looked extremely poised, and in the offensive zone looked his masterful self.
True, I remember his first WJC I was all "bleh". He was in Barrie +2 after his draft though, his polished junior game was solid.
I really liked his play in the WJC he wasn't super polished and made the kind of mistakes you'd expect of someone his age, but the talent was so apparent. I remember being one of the few people on this board who talked about dangling Eberle for him post WJC heroics, when everyone loved him. I bet everyone on this board would do that trade now.
Shea Weber to me is the defenseman who came out of nowhere I remember watching him and thought he could be a 2nd pairing defenseman tops if he kept doing the right things and I didn't see huge offensive upside, to me he is pretty comparable to Scott Harrington and I actually think I liked Harringtons play in junior a bit more, then all of sudden bam he's just a stud out there and one of the best D in the league.
I know everyone on here is crazy about Ekblad for the most part, I haven't seen enough of the top guys to really comment but when I watched Reinhart aswell as Draisaitl they both impressed me quite a bit. I don't want to grab another forward given our present roster, but we are just better at picking skilled players, we have to atleast examine trading one of our young skill players for an established mid-20's D and then possibly snatching up another skill guy. D take so long to mature, beyond the rare one or two exceptions we are in store for a lot more sucking if we look to prospect D to fix our defensive issues.
Last edited by Burnt Biscuits: 12-01-2013 at 05:45 AM.