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05-27-2017, 09:41 AM
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People have no real basis in saying this is a weak draft. The results won't be known for years.

Pick the best player available based on scouting and let it play out.

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05-27-2017, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Liut View Post
2 late 1st rounders in a weak draft. Not too excited about this years draft.
What is so weak about it? Shallow highend maybe, but the players taken on 10-45 are are all on the same tier as those usually taken 10-20. This draft has a lot of moderate prospects. Very similar to 2014 where there is a ton of value in the late first and second rounds.

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05-27-2017, 10:37 AM
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This draft is actually the ideal set-up for the Blues scouting to shine. A high number of players who grade out closely to each other, in the range where legit NHL talent is found. Having 2 picks in the late first round works to the strengths of the Blues' organization.

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Forum user Dornhoeffer made this draft simulator. It's pretty fun to use.

Blues Draft Simulation from www.draftwired2.com

(24, 56) from CBJ for (20) *Klim Kostin

Rd 1 Pk 24 - Nick Suzuki (C) Owen Sound
Rd 1 Pk 27 - Kole Lind (RW) Kelowna
Rd 2 Pk 51 - Artyom Minulin (LD) Swift Current
Rd 2 Pk 56 - Stelio Mattheos (C) Brandon
Rd 4 Pk 113 - Dmitri Samorukov (LD) Guelph
Rd 5 Pk 130 - Eemeli Rasanen (RD) Kingston
Rd 6 Pk 175 - D'Artagnan Joly (RW) Baie-Comeau
Rd 7 Pk 206 - Santeri Virtanen (C/LW) TPS U20

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Forum user Dornhoeffer made this draft simulator. It's pretty fun to use.
That would be pretty sick to end up with that

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Who does everyone want @51?

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These are my preferences based on scouting reports and very limited viewings.

(C)Nick Suzuki
"A smart offensive center that thinks the game at a fast pace and makes very good decisions on a consistent basis. Though he may not be the biggest player on the ice, Suzuki plays a thick, sturdy game and is hard to knock off the puck, especially when he has his feet moving. He's an excellent skater that knows his own game well. Skilled with the puck and has a high level of hockey sense. This blend of talent and work ethic is hard to come by, invaluable in the long run."

(C)Robert Thomas
"He is a highly skilled offensive pivot who uses speed and creativity with the puck to create time and space to work the middle of the ice. Offensively, he has a very high ceiling and thatís why heís slowly gaining momentum as a first-round candidate come June."

(RW)Kole Lind
"Lind is equally adept at both scoring goals and setting them up. He has an excellent wrist shot. It is accurate and powerful, and he gets it off with a quick release. He also has an outstanding slap shot and one-timer. Lind has a knack for finding the soft spot in the defensive coverage and ripping his slap shot by the goaltender. He also has the soft hands to finish plays in close to the goal line."

(C)Josh Norris
"Josh Norris is a very good play maker. His speed, changes of direction, and lateral agility allow him to open up passing lanes and get the puck through to his linemates. He has very good vision and hockey IQ, seeing plays develop and making smart plays. Norris has the strength and balance to work the cycle game. He uses his body to protect the puck, extending plays for his teammates to get open. Norris is physical in the corners, able to win battles for loose pucks, as well as pressuring defencemen on the fore check."

(C)Stelio Mattheos
"At the WHL level, Mattheos has established himself as almost the ideal middle-six center: heís good at everything, great at a few things, and doesnít have any big holes in his game. Heís a strong skater. Heís a smart defensive player. Heís not a huge guy, but he uses his frame to battle effectively in front of the net and in the corners. Heís got a strong shot and works the puck around well in the offensive zone."

(LW)Ostap Safin
"A competitive, 200-foot player that can fit in a power or finesse role. Skates very well, with balance and noteworthy speed, and handles the puck with ease and control at top speeds. Displays a dangerously accurate shot that he is never hesitant to use; always a threat in the offensive zone. Uses his frame well, to protect the puck, as well as to impose physically upon the opposition. Defensively stable and actively cuts off passing and shooting lanes. Could be more creative, but is more of a straight-line player. Potential is that of a top six forward that can complement similarly high-caliber players."

(LD)Jacob Paquette
"Paquette ranks up there among the best one-on-one defenders in the draft. Heís smart with his reads and positioning, and heís fast enough to quickly cover gaps or make a quick turn to interdict a pass. Paquette plays it safe and is unimaginative with the puck, but his size and above-average speed combine to form a solid foundation to build on."

(C)Alexandre Texier
"French born center who was Franceís best player in the Division One World Juniors despite being the teamís youngest member. Displayed excellent poise, vision, and hockey sense to go with his heavy accurate shot, crisp passes, and a high tempo motor. Has a bow-legged stride, but is well-balanced and is light in his edging and a threat to score with each shift. Played on Franceís top line and ran the power play from the half wall."

(RD)Eemeli Rasanen
"Rasanen has showed a steady improvement offensively. He has four goals and seventeen assists through forty-four games this season but is getting more involved as of late. He has a hard-booming shot from the point but has a difficult time finding the space to get it away. Rasanen projects to be a shut-down defenceman who can put up a little offence but patience will be required as he is a project."

(LW)Patrik Hrehorcak
"Slippery sniper with a a soft set of hands and excellent instincts in the offensive zone. Hrehorcak has an excellent shot and release and doesnít hesitate to display them. He was one of the top scorers in the Czech junior circuit despite playing in just his first year of draft eligibility. Far from being classified as a power forward, Hrehorcak gets involved in physical play and doesnít back down from a challenge."

(RD)Leon Gawanke
"A Strong-skating power play quarterback with a quick first step and a long stride, Gawanke was Cape Bretonís primary option for generating offense from the blueline. A German import with good size and sound instincts, he was second only to Pierre-Olivier Joseph in points (32) and 5v5 points (19) among all first-year QMJHL blueliners. He wasnít very effective on the penalty kill, mainly for obvious struggles with slot coverage and getting out-muscled. Still, he is very confident with the puck and loves to shoot ó he has a hard, accurate shot with a quick release."

(RW)D'Artagnan Joly
"A hard worker who can make plays from the wing with his physical yet skillful game. Joly is a speedy skater who likes to use his speed and body to power past opponents and drive to the net, but he can also play a skilled, flashy game. Likely a playmaker at the next level, but one who can score as well."

(C)Aarne Talvitie
"A feisty, hard-working forward who skates well and boasts a very good shot, especially off the pass. The versatile Talvitie is a jack-of-all trades who can be utilized on the power play or penalty kill. His shot/release combo is his bread and butter, but heís a smart player in the defensive zone, using quick feet and formidable upper-body strength to lean on puck possessors and finish them with clean checks. Talvitie also can pass the puck and make tape-to-tape connections off the rush."

(LW)Jan Drozg
"A talented Slovenian who plays for Leksand in the Superelit, Drozg led the U18 D1A worlds in scoring by a wide margin. He can play both center and wing but always is used as a scoring forward in offensive zone starts and on the power play. Drozg is a very good skater and an excellent stickhandler whose speed and shiftiness buys him time and space. He has a quick stick, soft hands and the kind of vision that identifies back-door cutters or trailers. Drozgís start-and-stop is rapid, and all it takes is one step in any direction to gain a step on an opponent."

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I would want D'Artagnan Jolly just to have a prospect with the freaking name D'Artagnan.

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