Considering I really thought Burke was going to take Trouba and didn't really even think about Reilly at all, it came as a bit of a shock. Shocked enough I didn't really like the pick at the time. Between the two however in the past year, Trouba all the way. I really like Reilly though and I believe he was fine at the #5 pick, because Trouba should have went before that. Who knows though. As with Murray, we won't know what is what until they play a few more years and make up for the lost time
Remember that the Leafs still had Schenn when they drafted Rielly, so taking Trouba didn't make as much sense. IMO anyway.
Sort of hard for people to take Murray in this since he was gone all year, no? I'd take Trouba or Rielly though.
More games played this year, less goals, less assists. Not exactly how you want a player to progress. Team did score 10% less goals of course, and was not as good so you have to take that into account.
But all in all did he take jumps forward like Trouba or Reilly? No.
That's not why he slid to 9. He played for the USNTDP. They have a pretty good track record when it comes to their players and getting drafted. He fell because scouts were questioning his offensive game IIRC.
Drafted yes, but drafted high? Not so much especially D men. Only two others I believe have been top 10 picks (#1 and #3), and they would not likely be top 10 if there were draft do-overs.
Why couldn't the hospital administration spell his families' name correctly?
I love D-heavy draft years. I like when there's a decent surprise in the top 10 (Pouliot) and I like it when guys drafted outside the top 5 have great post-draft years (Trouba). It keeps things exciting. I'll forego a ranking since I think it's funny without seeing half these guys play very much, but good stuff.
Jury is still out on Murray. I'd say he fell a bit, but it would be unfair considering his injury. He may be the best defenseman of this draft, but at the moment, I feel like Trouba is a close second to him, at worst.
But they also happen to be the least adept offensively, which will likely hold them back from ever being a top pairing. I'd call them the safest picks by far, but neither is very likely to be the best D man out of this draft if they cannot anchor a number 1 pairing.