there is absolutely no way the penguins take a D man in the 25-30 range. I know the pool is thick with them, but the penguins just have too many solid prospects to take another one. They either trade up or trade down to avoid taking a D man IMO.
Matia Marcantuoni - Doesn't deserve to be ranked Top 20 at all based on his play. He's never posted good #s and until he does so I think we are looking at him as a late 1st/2nd round pick
Pontus Aberg - Huge fan of of Aberg and won't be surprised to see a team pick him higher than he's being projected. IMO, Aberg could be one of the big risers of the draft. Leaving him off of two of three lists is wrong.
Zemgus Girgensons - (see Aberg) Girgensons will likely be taken somewhere in the 10-20 range but I won't be surprised to see him go closer to 10
Nick Ebert - Once considered a gauranteed Top 10 pick but he's falling fast. Teams will look to draft him somewhere in the middle. There are rumours that Windsor could trade him which could spark his play so keep an eye out.
Henrik Samuelsson - yes he's a forward.
Slater Koekkoek - way too low on all three lists at this point in time.
Alex Galchenyuk - I think he will be drafted much higher than most people think. Don't let the knee injury fool you as there will be a team that seen what he could do last year. (Top 6)
Stephane Matteau - Morreale has him at 8th to the Habs. Huh? Ballsy pick there as most expects don't have him in the first round whatsoever
I know that this is not the most important thing, but there are some mistakes with the players and his information, like: Henrik Samuelsson, D, Modo (Sweden), Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville (QMJHL) or Mathew Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL).
Besides that, Kimelman's Mock seems the most regular list. Morreale's Mock only includes one player from Europe (Forsberg) and it seems a bit risky placing Matteau at #8 and Di Giuseppe at #11. Also Hoffner placing a lot of new names to the mix, like Denis Kamaev or Francis Beauvillier. Those list always seems strange, but it's nice to see diversity of opinion.
Originally Posted by Edgeworth
I'm surprised people keep taking high schoolers in the first round.
Doesn't that seem a bit..risky?
I don't think so. For example, Florida selected Nick Bjugstad from HS at #19 and he's showing a lot of improvement at NCAA. The same year, Kevin Hayes at #24 and Brock Nelson at #30, and both made a pretty good year at Boston College and North Dakota. Maybe those players take more time to develop, but when they land at NHL, they are mature and ready to contribute.
It seems (from looking at the projected picks by the Wild) that they certainly just ranked players, then someone else applied the current team ranks to it. If they were actually trying to project how those teams would pick, the guy who had the Wild grab a goalie needs to be fired. Immediately. Out of a cannon.
Why bother ranking the picks based on teams when the draft positions will likely be drastically different come draft day? Nobody is guaranteed to be anywhere close to their current draft position.
Koekkoek at 23, 25 and 26 seems a bit low. You'd think at least one of them would be higher on him.
Same, I'm a big fan of his. He has the highest boom/bust potential and has the upside of potentially being the best defenseman in the draft. So I could definitely see a team taking a risk and drafting him higher. I'd really only see Dumba, Ceci, and Murray going ahead of him.