I want Zykov over Morrissey, Pulock, Mueller, Morin, etc., not huge, but at a solid 6'1'', good speed, a plus shot and willing defender, Zykov simply needs more experience. He is the most skilled guy, but he has a really good chance at being a top 6 player down the line.
My wishlist for today is probably some of the potential "fallers" such as Alexander Wennberg, Rasmus Ristolainen, Max Domi, or Anthony Mantha. 1.Wennberg 2. Ristolainen 3. Domi 4. Mantha
And for some players that have a better chance of being available where we are: Valentin Zykov, Josh Morrissey. 1. Zykov 2. Morrissey
Obviously I'd like for us to get one of the guys I listed as a potential "faller", but if none are available, I'd like for us to get Morrissey, or Zykov. Zykov being the one I would pick if he & Morrissey are both available.
I think it'd take Smith+1st+, if Smith had been a bit better than maybe we wouldn't need another plus. The Canes need top 4 defenceman in the worst way so they'll want someone that's quite high upside & is NHL ready.
Deeper draft. Last year's value's dont dictate this years (as we can see by some of the absurd contracts being handed out)
2011 was a very deep draft in it's self. I just can't see them moving down to 25 only to pick up a late 2nd it doesn't make sense on our end. Most Hab fans I've talked to feel the 25+36th is fair value for a pick in the 14-18 range.
While past events don't dictate the future they do set a precedence about what is expected.
In interviewed a local kid who has a shot at being drafted.
Aidan Muir is a 6'3 195 kid who skates very well and has some offensive chops
He skated with Victory Honda last year and has gotten almost no publicity as a result. But Western Michigan picked him up and this spring he was drafted first overall by the Indiana Ice in the USHL. He shot up from being unranked to 108th in the spring Central Scouting North American Rankings.
Perfect pick for the Red Wings later in the draft. Size+Skating+some skill and, most importantly -- he's got a year of the USHL + 3 years of college before he the Red Wings would feel obligated to make a contract decision.