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04-17-2014, 01:29 PM
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The Canucks have the most difficult pick in the 2014 draft

The top 5 are set.

Sam, Sam, Ekblad, Draisaitl, MDC.

The 6th selection is the most difficult.
There are stronger elements of risk to the next 'tier' of players that the top 5 don't have.

Ritchie, Virtanen - Big guys that are safer bets to become NHL players..but there are questions surrounding thier top line potential. Ritchie is a pure PF, Virtanen is more of a Kesler type player, good size, lots of grit and strong two-way play.

Ehlers, Nylander, Kapanen
High skill players but they lack size. They have tons of offensive potential but we all know that its difficult for a lot of small guys (even though skilled) to crack the big leagues... its a difficult transition when you're on the smaller size

So, imo the no.6 spot is the most difficult if none of the obvious top 5 doesnt slip

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04-17-2014, 02:47 PM
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I'd probably take Ritchie.

That said, don't you think the team picking 11th might have a tougher choice? Assuming the ten names you listed are off the board?

Or hell, what about Arizona at 12th, if those ten guys you named and Fleury are gone?

Perlini, McCann, Fabbri, etc is a tough call, too.

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Florida has the toughest pick IMO.

But as for the Nucks if I was them I'd be swinging for the fences. I'd go with Virtanen or Ritchie.

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04-17-2014, 03:01 PM
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Or hell, what about Arizona at 12th, if those ten guys you named and Fleury are gone?
Actually the tough choice for Arizona is if Fleury is the best guy on the board. lol

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Nylander should be the choice there imo he is 5'11" which isn't that small and has tons of offensive upside plus you guys have plenty of quality Swedes too learn from. That or hopefully he drops to the Wings haha.

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04-17-2014, 03:43 PM
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You're not wrong. Life will be a lot easier if one of the top 5 falls!

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It all comes down to preference but I am a more conservative person; give me Nick Ritchie who has NHL size and skill to be a top six forward, we can work on the inconsistencies.

If I was the Canucks GM and seeing my prospect pool is lacking, I would go with the safer picks: Ritchie and Kapanen. Virtanen and Nylander could be homeruners, but rather not take the chance.

Although, Ehlers might be both safe and huge upside, so he is a viable choice.

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Actually the tough choice for Arizona is if Fleury is the best guy on the board. lol
I'm hoping Maloney trades down in that event, haha.

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Yeah I'm thinking the Isles have the most difficult pick, as in do they give up picking a very good prospect at #5 this year or maybe miss out on picking a great prospect in 2015

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Yep, that top-five is a pretty clear tier to me, and I really don't see any of them falling.

If I'm the Canucks, I'd take Ehlers or Nylander, but since we know that the Canucks are obsessed with the "Boston model", I bet they take Virtanen or Ritchie.

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Yep, that top-five is a pretty clear tier to me, and I really don't see any of them falling.

If I'm the Canucks, I'd take Ehlers or Nylander, but since we know that the Canucks are obsessed with the "Boston model", I bet they take Virtanen or Ritchie.
Well, seeing as how Boston emphasizes skill over size... AGM of the Canucks has also been intensively scouting Ehlers as soon as Gillis got fired.

Although Ritchie isn't some bag of meat. Highly skilled and ranked higher than any of those players by most.


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The top 5 are set.

Sam, Sam, Ekblad, Draisaitl, MDC.

The 6th selection is the most difficult.
There are stronger elements of risk to the next 'tier' of players that the top 5 don't have.

Ritchie, Virtanen - Big guys that are safer bets to become NHL players..but there are questions surrounding thier top line potential. Ritchie is a pure PF, Virtanen is more of a Kesler type player, good size, lots of grit and strong two-way play.

Ehlers, Nylander, Kapanen
High skill players but they lack size. They have tons of offensive potential but we all know that its difficult for a lot of small guys (even though skilled) to crack the big leagues... its a difficult transition when you're on the smaller size

So, imo the no.6 spot is the most difficult if none of the obvious top 5 doesnt slip
So i guess we pass on Virtanen,as we allready have the kesler types in Gaunce,and Horvat.Pass on Ritchie as we have Kassian.What this team lacks is high end skill.And a top tier defence prospect.I think the player the canucks should be looking at is Ehlers.Everyone talks about his size,but look at Patrick kane.

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04-19-2014, 01:33 AM
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I wouldnt say the top 5 are set. But anyways out of your options, Id go with Ehlers. Ritchie being second choice.

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The Canucks are a wild card in this draft, it all depends on what kind of team they are trying to build. If Linden sticks with Torts, I see them taking Richie, Perlini or Virtanen over Ehlers or Nylander.

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i'd take Ehlers at #6.

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I have the Canucks taking Nick Ritchie @ 6th.

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So i guess we pass on Virtanen,as we allready have the kesler types in Gaunce,and Horvat.Pass on Ritchie as we have Kassian.What this team lacks is high end skill.And a top tier defence prospect.I think the player the canucks should be looking at is Ehlers.Everyone talks about his size,but look at Patrick kane.
Why wouldn't we want two Kassians?

I wasn't sure about Ritchie because I'm wary of juniors that are that much bigger than everyone else. But seeing his highlights (I know that's not everything) he seems to have more in common with a Naslund than a Bertuzzi. Except for the crushing hits part.

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If Torts is still Canucks coach around the draft, I can see Vancouver going w/ Ritchie or Virtanen.

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Do not think that their situation is all that bad. They need offense and in a so-called weak draft they can choose outside the Top 5 between two great offensive talents in Ehlers and Nylander.

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Well, seeing as how Boston emphasizes skill over size... AGM of the Canucks has also been intensively scouting Ehlers as soon as Gillis got fired.

Although Ritchie isn't some bag of meat. Highly skilled and ranked higher than any of those players by most.
though I agree with you on Ritchie not being boston's two-way, grind it out hockey because he makes far too many dumb penalties etc; I don't like ehlers either, he's small and his numbers are inflated by drouin (40 points while drouin was part of the play) but I still see van taking him out of the risk for high reward.

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I hope they don't take him but Virtanen will be a great pickup at 6, If Bennett is gone at 4 I would love the Flames to take him but I doubt Burke will.

He will be a force in a few years

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I think Ritchie should be the clear #6 in this draft, but who knows what front offices are thinking.

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I think they'll pick one of Nylander, Ehlers, or Virtanen.

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I'm hoping for one of the big 5 to drop, but I think they draft Ritchie

Canucks are my team, but I'd prefer Nylander. I can live with Ritchie. Too many question marks make me wary of Virtanen.

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lol Ehlers, Ritchie and Nylander are all getting votes in here. I hope to god Calgary or the Islanders fall in love with one of those three.

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