Jk. Made nbc live extra work on my ipod. Can't make it work on my S3 though.
Gibson looked good. He let in one on a strange bounce but if you told me that was an NHL backup in net and I didn't know who it was I'd believe you.
Trouba also impressed me a lot. I think he's going to be a Jet next year. Steal for Winnipeg
Liked Smith and Stastny
Thought Petry and Faulk looked very meh.
I believe Petry was the D who ****ed up in front of Gibson on the bouncing puck. But on the replay it looked like the Finn actually whacked the bouncing puck into the goal and past Gibson. Bad play by Petry, good play by the Finn and Gibson left saying, wtf?
Gibson is the total package, when you build a goalie prospect from scratch, I think he is exactly what you would want, good size, good athleticism, technically sound, very tough mentally and plays great in big games. don't think we'll rush him, Andersen is probably ready to be a backup next year
If Gibson continues playing well in this tournament (who knows if he will get another start though) it is going to make things even more difficult on the Ducks.
Ideally Gibson would best be served as either the starter or at least a 50/50 roll in Norfolk next year. But if Andersen is still there next year that's a problem. I don't think Gibson is served well by being an 8-10 game backup goalie. So what the Ducks really need is for Andersen to be a capable NHL backup and either Hiller or Fasth gets traded. But that's a lot of ifin' with some definite risk attached if we trade Jonas or Viktor. But hey, that's what makes life interesting.
Could you post the full article by any chance? Not an ESPNInsider.
The Ducks had two players they were targeting with their second first-round pick, acquired from the Flyers in the Chris Pronger trade, and considered trading up to make sure they landed at least one of them.
The debate at the Ducks' draft table was between Etem and U.S. NTDP defenseman Justin Faulk.
They went with Etem with hopes that Faulk might slip to their spot in the second round. Eight picks later, Faulk was gone, although the Ducks did just fine grabbing Devante Smith-Pelly with the No. 42 overall pick.
There is the short part about the draft. I'm not sure how much trouble I can get in for posting the whole article so i will wait for a mod to give me the "ok".
Interesting article. I had never heard that it was a toss-up between Faulk and Etem.
That seems odd. The Ducks had a jersey with Etem's name on it but didn't have one for Fowler. That would lead me to believe that if Fowler were not available there was no question they were going after Etem at 12. If that's true then how would they not still love Etem at 29 when the wanted him at 12?
The Ducks took Emerson Etem, who had been projected as maybe the 17th best player available this year, at 29th. And while Etem is a California native coming to a California team and selected at the first NHL Draft held in California, McNab is quick to point out that they liked him going in, and were just as excited to see him at 29th as they were to see Fowler at 12th.
"He was a player our scouts really liked, so the fact that he was from California, it was not a tiebreaker. It is not like we had four guys and said, 'well, let's take him because he's from California.' He was the guy that our scouts wanted at that [pick]. The fact that he was from California, obviously, makes it really exciting for us,
Reading that, I have to be honest, it gives me even more confidence in our scouts. Faulk is turning into quite a defenseman himself(and, let's face it, he's clearly better than Etem as of right now). It's a shame that we couldn't get both, but with Fowler getting picked up where he was it makes it a little easier to take, and Etem is just getting into a groove. If Faulk had been picked up by Anaheim, what was a great draft for Anaheim would have been even better.
Our scouts really seem to be on the ball lately. You can't always get the player you want, but when the player you want does great, you at least know your scouts did their homework.
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