I'm fine with the Skjei pick, but Collberg barely played in the SEL. He barely saw any ice time. He was the youngest player on Frolunda - by far - and he is still undersized. Against players his own age, and closer in size, he has played quite well.
He's the same as Tedenby. I mean, look. There were a **** TON on here mad we didn't get Tedenby in his draft year. How's that worked out?
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Was looking at 4 guys at our pick--Collberg, Thrower, Finn and Skjei--in no particular order. No problem taking Sjei--it's another size, skating combination--not altogether unlike Kreider.
I'm of the school that you can never have enough good defensemen or enough toughness. This is more about the first than the second but even so if the guy is a naturally gifted skater with that kind of size he's a player that should be something.
Devils must have really liked Matteau. They have to give up a pick within the next two years, when they'll surely be picking higher.
Many of their fans are over their chest bumping over how they "stuck it to the Rangers" by grabbing Matteau. That might have more weight if the Rangers didn't literally pass on him one pick earlier. Very glad we didn't go with Matteau, and I really like the fact that we went D in this D heavy draft.
For the record, I would've rather traded the pick for help at forward.
Me too, but if the deal wasn't there, than the deal wasn't there.
I don't get all the concern over taking a defenseman. At 28th, you take the guy that's highest on your board, no matter what position he plays. No one drafts for need at the end of the first round. Oh, and by the way... continuing to develop defenseman is the one thing that will keep our team competitive for Lundqvist's entire career. You can never have too many talented D in the system.
I don't care about 3 years from now. I care about winning the Cup next year and right now it looks like the Rangers don't really seem to care if that happens. Other teams are improving left and right and we're "staying the course".
Almost none of the players that were drafted today will play in the NHL next year. Which teams improved? ****sberg with a 32 point Sutter instead of Staal? The devils, who will probably lose Parise?