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02-25-2013, 09:27 AM
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Sooooo Jonathan Drouin did this today-

LoL.


Although its a bit less impressive because he did just own the same guy over and over again.

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02-25-2013, 09:44 AM
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Considering our NHL depth at center is going to be Koivu and Brodziak, then maybe Larsson...yes we could use more centers.
I agree. Could be a knee-jerk reaction, but i dont see MiG being the long-term answer to needing a 2nd line center. He could still become that, and i would love it if he did, but i think his future will involve a lot of wing time, similar to Joe Pavelski out in San Jose.

I'd love for the Wild to go after a center with the 1st rounder this season. Our prospect pool has LW and Goalie covered for now. Defense could use a bit more bolstering, so i'd like to see one or two defenders taken in the first 4-5 rounds, but its not a huge deal. RW and Center are the big voids in our pool right now.

Preferably, the Wild would get a 1st round C and then spend the 2nd on a RW in an ideal world. We have 3 3rd rounders this season, right? Get two defenders with those and then evenly distribute the rest of the picks between positions.

/armchairgm

Although, if we miss the playoffs, i have a good feeling about winning the lottery. Then trade down to the #3 spot and grab Drouin, while picking up an additional 2nd? Boom! I feel like I'm John Madden. The football one.

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02-25-2013, 09:56 AM
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We need some skill guys with some speed in the pool.

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I could see the wild possibly going after a guy like LW Anthony Mantha. He is a tall guy listed at 6' or 6' 3'', 200lbs, but the kid can score.

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Wowww! That Drouin kid is good. I want him if they're picking a forward.

After Lehkonen ofcourse.


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02-25-2013, 10:34 AM
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I could see the wild possibly going after a guy like LW Anthony Mantha. He is a tall guy listed at 6' or 6' 3'', 200lbs, but the kid can score.
his name reminds me too much of Anthony Lapanta. Pass.

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Considering our NHL depth at center is going to be Koivu and Brodziak, then maybe Larsson...yes we could use more centers.
...Granlund, Phillips, Haula, Graovac...

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02-25-2013, 11:05 AM
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I could see the wild possibly going after a guy like LW Anthony Mantha. He is a tall guy listed at 6' or 6' 3'', 200lbs, but the kid can score.
Ugh, reminds me of Bulmer and Gillies. And Graovac as well, even though he's a center.

I think we're well covered for LW. It's true that one should never draft for need, but as others have stated, our main needs right now are at C and D.

I see us going for a C in the 1st round. 1st round D's tend to be crapshoots to be honest, and we have gone for D in our last 2 drafts anyway.

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02-25-2013, 11:08 AM
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...Granlund, Phillips, Haula, Graovac...
Gilmour also...

But I still think that when it's your time to make a selection and you have two guys rated equally between a center and a winger, you pick center...and if you have two guys rated equally between a defenseman and a winger, you pick defense.

Great teams are strong down the middle...besides, it's easier to convert a center to wing then the other way around.

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Gilmour also...

But I still think that when it's your time to make a selection and you have two guys rated equally between a center and a winger, you pick center...and if you have two guys rated equally between a defenseman and a winger, you pick defense.

Great teams are strong down the middle...besides, it's easier to convert a center to wing then the other way around.
True. Both Hall and P Kane were shifted to Center in hopes that they could pull it around. Those guys are 1st overall players and are some of the best in the league at their positions. Neither of them could do it, and those are just the most prominent and recent examples.

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Months later and I still want Nichushkin. Been drawing comparisons to Rick Nash and Tarasenko lately.

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Months later and I still want Nichushkin. Been drawing comparisons to Rick Nash and Tarasenko lately.
If his name was anything but russian we would then again stranger things have happen


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02-25-2013, 01:17 PM
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If his name was anything but russian we would
Like Barkov?

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02-25-2013, 01:34 PM
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Yeah he seems like a great player but will he come over or does he wait till he is 24 years old?

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02-25-2013, 03:48 PM
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I certainly wouldn't mind Hunter Shinkaruk

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Like Barkov?
haha, he is so finnish, just like zibanajad is swedish

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I certainly wouldn't mind Hunter Shinkaruk
My only question about shinkaruk is his size. Maybe we will do poor enough to grab barkov, lindholm or monahan.

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haha, he is so finnish, just like zibanajad is swedish



My only question about shinkaruk is his size. Maybe we will do poor enough to grab barkov, lindholm or monahan.
Strength is an issue that he needs to work on but his skating is very strong with very strong balance. If he puts on some muscle, he'll be very hard to push off even if he is standing at 5-11 because of his strong skating.

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02-26-2013, 07:29 AM
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I did a mock on my own and ended having the Wild selecting Joshua Morrissey at #16.

Mobile defenseman that plays a solid all-round game with above average puck-moving skills and very good agility. Not huge but he's quite mobile and is decently built with decent strength.

With Brodin being a smooth skating but non-physical defenseman and Dumba being a more high risk type of player, Morrissey is a nice blend on skating, puck movement, and physicality that will work nicely with Brodin and Dumba, a sort of blend of the two.

The other choice was Curtis Lazar, a forward thats great with the forecheck and creating a bit of chaos in the offensive zone through his energetic play. He compliments all of that with a quick release and a good shot. A combination that seems to fit the Wild's style of play perfectly while filling a need of a forward that can shoot the puck.

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02-26-2013, 02:16 PM
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Wouldn't complain on morrissey or lazar. I honestly don't really care who we get, I just don't want a bust

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Wouldn't complain on morrissey or lazar. I honestly don't really care who we get, I just don't want a bust

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03-05-2013, 02:31 PM
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I meandered over to the mock drafts board just now. Looked at what everybody had for the Wild's picks.

#10 Darnell Nurse
#15 Frederick Gauthier
#16 Valentin Zykov
#17 Curtis Lazar

Then Hockey Writers has us taking Adam Erne at #14.

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CBJ's going to get some solid prospects this upcoming draft. Three picks in the 1st round... Must be nice.

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03-05-2013, 06:32 PM
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CBJ's going to get some solid prospects this upcoming draft. Three picks in the 1st round... Must be nice.
Yep, and Jarmo Kekäläinen has a special knack for finding talent.

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