“We had no choice but to take a defenseman because he was the best player there. Even though we felt that defense was something we didn’t have to do, we just had to take the best player," Lamoriello said. "He was that far up on the list with our western scouts and cross-over scouts that it was a no-brainer for us.”
Asked about comparisons to Shea Weber, the GM said: “You never know. Put it this way: He knows how to play the game. He’s going to fill out. He’s young, but you know about potential. Time will tell.”
Whole quote from Lou on Severson. They definitely seemed pretty high on him.
On defenseman Damon Severson:
“We were very high of him for a long time. He had a little blip in the season and he didn’t play as well and I think part of it was because he wasn’t on a great team and they asked him to play too much and he had a little down period. Then, he bounced back and was fine representing Canada in the under-18 world championships and we liked him there.”
Didn't may much attention. I thought in the 1st, if one of the dmen dropped, we might consider a defenseman but thought that from round 2 on, we'd be looking for goal scoring and grit.
Drafted this kid and really like what I'm reading about him. We have some solid prospects and youth on D with Larsson, Fayne, Urbom, Gelinas, Merrill, Burlon, and now Severson. Like what this kid brings and looking at who was availabel at #60, I was thinking Shlepyshev (who didn't get drafted at all), Perhorkin, who went just after that to LA I think, and Zharvov who went later to Edmonton. But, other than Zharvov, this guy was the highest left ranked guy on McKenzie's list.
Very, very solid pick and I think Damon and Stephan both should make the NHL someday.
He seems to be very well rounded in his game. Doesn't do anything particularly well, but he has no major weaknesses in his game either. I like that much more than a guy who is a major project because of huge flaws in his game.
Fayne's development is huge. When you take a 5th rounder and turn him or he turns out to be a solid NHL D, teams take notice. Everybody wants and need PMDs, and we all know the routes to get one, but if you get Burlon, Hegelson, Gedig, McPherson, Faust to turn into a mid to bottom Dmen, that's draft picks or other teams young forwards in possible trades right there.
Heck, if Larsson, Merrill and Gelinas pan out with good O skills and Severson and Scarlett do too, there goes your surplus of PMDs right there and a chance to trade for 2nd line talent.
Of course they have to all hit, but I'm liking the chances.