I agree that Murray is a safe pick. A history of safe D picks means we'll have a Top-6 D in our roster in 3+ years... To me Murray means: I want to get cute, I want to reinvent the wheel... I don't trust Timmins (or any other head scout in the league) to correctly project a Top-3 D prospect unless he's 6'7 and his name's Pronger.
Teravainen isn't just 5'10" 169 lbs. He's that small & light in a league where they play 40 games per season. Now you try to convince me that he's actually going to develop bigger in this same league. No way. The guy is a cross country skier. If the habs pick him at 3rd, there's gonna be some major scoffing going around.
I don't understand this at all...the Finnish league is the most physical in Europe. How many Finnish players are truly soft? A lot are small perimeter players, but soft?
What does the shortened European season have to do with it?
I think that if Grigs is going to drop into the teens then the Habs should try the following.
It'll be tricky to accomplish but if they could I'd say draft Forsberg at number 3 then trade their 2nds + whatever to try to get Grigs.
You have your power forward and all world skilled centre. The makings of a future top line or years to come.
I like the idea of moving back into the first round to get a guy that falls, yet we have ranked high....but our two second rounders will likely not get us anything better than 20th overall.
If we do move back into the first round I would be shocked if it wasn't for Koekkoek.
I just went through the Canada-Finland bronze medal game from the U18s in April. Granted the game is played on international ice, but I just can't get over how skilled and clever Teravainen is with the puck.
His playmaking abilities are just off the charts. I didn't get to see his shot much because he adopted more of a set-up role in that game (his linemates have failed to score on AT LEAST four of his magistral passes), but boy he looks like a forward who could be a dominant force once he adds some upper-body strength.