Despite all the debate about the top 5, it seems like it's pretty clear that as it stands:
-Yakupov is going #1 no matter who selects there because no one give up top prospects to trade up and select a Dman considering how many good ones are in this draft
-Columbus and the Islanders are taking Murray and Forsberg, in whichever order
-Most will agree that Grigorenko and Galchenyuk are going 3/5.
What will interest me is what Anaheim will do, especially if Dumba is also taken. Could Morgan Reilly or Collberg slip in to the mix over Reinhart or Trouba?
Likely not. This is pure speculation but I would assume (based on Anaheim's tendencies) their draft board would look something like
So no matter how it works out, short of some off the board name goes top 5 (fingers crossed on Rielly, Ceci, Faksa, Teravainen, Collberg) the Ducks will probably have their pick of one of Forsberg, Trouba, Dumba, and Murray...hell maybe even Galchenyuk...people are getting a little too excited (myself included don't worry).
There's some substance to Collberg to the Ducks because Murray likes talented Swedes, but I don't think wingers like him are a desperate need for Anaheim.
Rielly? No. Same reason as the Jets. See below and...even without Schultz we're too soft on the blueline.
Originally Posted by Gil Fisher
Jets lost a lot of battles down low in their own zone this year, and have diminutive centres assisting the D there; they will not take a small D-man in the draft. It's unfortunate in your mock that Trouba and Faksa go immediately before the pick, but it unfolds like this I think they'll take Reinhart or Ceci. (Or possibly trade down a few spots to add a pick.)
Agreed. Same problem in Anaheim. Teams like Minnesota and NYI can use him for sure. I think Winnipeg would prefer Reinhart. Safer pick.
Who is the third best forward after Yakupov and Grigorenko? Forsberg or Galyenchuk?
Arguable. Based on what we know it's Galchenyuk. Forsberg may have a long development path, but they play very similar games and arguably have similar upside. The difference is Gally missed a year of development, and European development is at times unpredictable.
I guess it depends on what position you like better. I give a slight edge to Galchenyuk.
Am I the only one that has a feeling that Grigorenko might end up going around 7-10th pick.
I mean you could be right, but I have a hard time seeing it. I guess it depends on how it's justified
EDM: Not a chance
CBJ: Russian factor, compete level...no dice need better picks to help struggling franchise
MTL: Only if the Habs want Gally or Forsberg more...not sure why they'd take Forsberg when they need a center
NYI: Do they need a blueliner or will they value Forsberg? Could justify it with JT and Strome.
TML: Burke seems as likely as Howson to be turned off by lack of drive/russian factor. Depends...but like Bob Murray as I'll explain, it'll probably be too much talent to pass.
ANA: If Fowler is an indication (speculation that he had lack of drive/NHL strength) Murray will take a consensus guy even if he's questioned. If Grigorenko hits his upside, Anaheim has their second line center, if not they have a trade piece/3rd line center and Holland wins a spot...but a defender is just as likely.
MIN: Can't see him falling past here.
Ì like the list, but I have a feeling the 5-12 picks will get traded away to teams already in top 5.
Burke, Feaster, alot of GM`s have their jobs on the line, and if they dont wow the hockey world may not have a chnace of savings themselves.
I can even see some teams in the top 5 trading for another top 12 pick.
Toronto needs a top prospect on forward and D. Take Galy/Reinhart
So does Montreal. Grig/Trumba
CBJ, needs everything.
Islanders need multiple D, and a goalie, Fors/Reilly