Funny you bring this up. Looking at the 2011 draft (his true class), I would probably put him top 15 in a re-draft. The top 10 would pretty much be the same. The only debatable one would be Larsson. I don't know what to make of him. This is the guy I was hoping we could snag on draft day too. He's still young and has time to turn it around, but he just doesn't seem to have "it".
Only defensemen I would take over Gostisbehere would be Hamilton and Brodin. He's better than Siemens, better than Murphy. Beaulieu is a similar player, but I'm still taking Gostisbehere. Oleksiak is a wildcard, but Gostisbehere's skill wins out for me.
I remember desperately hoping we'd trade up somehow and take Larsson in the top three. I was gutted when it didn't happen.
Very happy to see his development stall in New Jersey.
I wonder if a kid coming out of SHL is more avantaged in any way to a kid coming from college?
Different league, different roles.
It's almost impossible to for young kids to get significant EV ice time and special teams recognition at an early stage when playing against men in the SHL but the style of play in a European top league is closer to the NHL than NA college hockey.
And they get to play more games. Robert Hägg played almost twice as many games last season than Shayne Gostisbehere.