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Are Any Forwards From This Draft Likely To Step Right Into A Top 6 NHL Role In 07-08?

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03-30-2007, 11:59 AM
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Are Any Forwards From This Draft Likely To Step Right Into A Top 6 NHL Role In 07-08?

Many on here feel that we'll be filling a spot on our top 6 with an UFA or through a trade. Is there any of the top forwards that we could maybe draft in the top 6 picks that could step right in and produce offensively at this level ala Staal, Nash, etc.??? That would certainly be a cheap 3 year fix and then we could devote more $ to the back-end. Not what many would like to hear but if EIG is as cheap as some say, IMO this would make the most sense.

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I think Cherepanov could be, he would be highest on my list.

Maybe Kane, but I think he's needs to put on weight.

Some of the guys lower on the list Vellieux, Aliu and others maybe be ready to step in, but not in a top-6 roll.

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What about Voracek? Isn't he a complete player? A Mac-T player?

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Not with the Oilers, I don't think. Unless whoever we end up drafting this year is going to be better right out of junior as an 18 year old, than Nilsson, Pouliot, Schremp, Brodziak, or Jacques are now.

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I, and a lot of scouts, think Alzner has a shot too. I'd say Kane, Alzner, Cherepanov and Voracek are the closest to being NHL ready. Kane could easily put on 10 lbs this summer with the NHL carrot in front of him. JVR, Gagner, Esposito, Couture, Ellerby and others are probably not quite ready.

With a top 6 pick the Oilers are assured of getting one of Kane, Cherepanov, Alzner, JVR or Voracek. I see there being one "out there" top 5 selection. If those are the top 5 guys taken the Oilers could take Ellerby 6th.

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Cherepanov would be the most likely. Although he'd have to get used to the NA game, he's coming out of the second best league in the world.

Man I would love to get that guy.

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Until you get these kids into an NHL training camp, it's hard to predict with any degree of certainty.

The only one of the top guys I'd be confident in saying is not ready for the rigors of the NHL is Turris, due to his stringbean frame and playing in a far inferior league. After that, who knows?

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I, and a lot of scouts, think Alzner has a shot too. I'd say Kane, Alzner, Cherepanov and Voracek are the closest to being NHL ready. Kane could easily put on 10 lbs this summer with the NHL carrot in front of him. JVR, Gagner, Esposito, Couture, Ellerby and others are probably not quite ready.

With a top 6 pick the Oilers are assured of getting one of Kane, Cherepanov, Alzner, JVR or Voracek. I see there being one "out there" top 5 selection. If those are the top 5 guys taken the Oilers could take Ellerby 6th.
Living here in Kamloops, I really hope the Oilers grab Ellerby. He has some good size, can really move the puck, and was one of the few Blazers defencemen who could break the Giants trap. He is what we need, and personally I would draft him even if I had the 5th pick.

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JVR, Alzner and Couture are likely the closest (btw I am really liking Couture right now, getting him wouldn't suck, I see him as another Toews).

Outside shot with Voracek as well. He seems fairly complete, but the Q is a bigger jump then some other leagues.

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I don't think there is one forward in this draft who could step into a top 6 role in the NHL next season (and it would be foolish to burn one of their UFA years trying it as well). The only player in the draft who looks potentially NHL-ready to me is Alzner.

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I agree with Cerebral. The OP asked if there are any forwards "likely" to step right into a top 6 role. I don't think any of the forwards are "likely" to actually do it. That doesn't mean that none of them will do it, but there are no Crosby, or Malkin in this draft.

think about it - how "likely" is an 18 year old to step into a top 6 role in the NHL? very doubtful.

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Cherepanov could probably step into the top six of a struggling team. He's been putting up better numbers than Malkin, so its quite possible that he could make an immediate impact. The Russian Superleague is also a lot higher level of competition than the NCAA or junior so the adjustment wouldn't be as great.

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I've heard that Ellerby is very solid too. He's rated highly on a lot of lists I've seen and could be a better long term prospect than Alzner. I think the Oilers will be drafting a skilled forward, however. We have some puck movers that they are supposedly happy with in Smid, Gilbert, Chorney and Grebeshkov. I think we've seen that beyond Hemsky and Stoll we don't have a lot of great offensive punch up front.

I know, draft the best player available...but any 50-50 debate should have the tie breaker: Take the Forward.

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JVR, Alzner and Couture are likely the closest (btw I am really liking Couture right now, getting him wouldn't suck, I see him as another Toews).

Outside shot with Voracek as well. He seems fairly complete, but the Q is a bigger jump then some other leagues.
The Q is no more a bigger jump than the OHL...which is where Couture plays...

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The Q is no more a bigger jump than the OHL...which is where Couture plays...
Defensemen in the Q are plywood with holes on stands.

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JVR, Alzner and Couture are likely the closest (btw I am really liking Couture right now, getting him wouldn't suck, I see him as another Toews).

Outside shot with Voracek as well. He seems fairly complete, but the Q is a bigger jump then some other leagues.
I disagree, I think Cherpanov is putting up pretty good numbers against top quality men and would be most ready to step in right away. It's a big diference between the juniors and the RSL.

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(and it would be foolish to burn one of their UFA years trying it as well).
This is the most important point. Unless you have a Crosby (or maybe a Lecavalier or a Thorton) there's no point in playing a player in the NHL when he's 18.

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Defensemen in the Q are plywood with holes on stands.
Than why did both the OHL and QMJHL tie for goals per game this year???

This isnt the mid 90's...the Q isnt some no defense league anymore.

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My vote goes to Bill Sweatt. I can see him having the kind of special teams impact Jordan Staal has had.

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