Ahh this is too much speculation I just can't wait for it to happen tomorrow!
I've been hearing how much they want Johnson, now I'm hearing they love Pouliot and want him, I don't remember where I heard that they want Ryan really badly and all over this board it's Brule Brule Brule!
All I know is I'll be really pleased with any of Johnson, Brule, Staal, and Skille and certainly not disappointed with Ryan or Kopitar or Pouliot... 16 more hours... I'm going crazy!
I'm sure I read an interview somewhere from Timmins qualifying Jack Johnson as a "Warrior".
It is only an opinion I'm sharing, but I really think they'll try that hard and move down to land him.
I have a feeling that we make good trade partners with the 'Canes as I do see them wanting Staal.
It might be obvious to think they'd want him just because they already have Eric, but I still think so.
I just heard soft-speaking Pouliot on RIS, and I'd like him if we can't get our hands on Johnson.
I also like the fact that Bobby Ryan's really motivated to work on his skating. He seems determined.
In order, I'd like Johnson (if the price to move down is not to steep) Pouliot. Ryan & Kopitar would be on par.
I really wouldn't mind getting the tall Euro, since I believe our prospects list combines skills, grits & leadership.
Here is what I think the habs hope and will try to do. You can take that has my prediction if you want.
Johnson/Pouliot, I would bet they are on par in the habs mind. I would suppose the Habs would select Johnson because of our biggest need on D compare to wing with Higgins, Pere, Kost, also possibly Plek and don't forget Ryder. A nice top-4 on wing and nothing to show for on D.
The habs will try really hard to get the 2nd, if they can't, they will turn at 3rd and take the one left. If still failed, the habs will either select the BPA(hoping for Ryan, really getting high on him resently) or trade down if solid offer is on. I wouldn't expect them to go out of top ten and try for Staal or Bourret with possibly Skille if still on board. Then again, Gainey loves to hide himself and show his poker face so we'll see..........
Saw Pouliot on RDS, with my friend Leroux. He reminds A LOT of Luc Robitaille, personality-wise: smiled all the time and made a joke on TV, just like Luc did when he was a junior in Hull. Same laid back attitude. Very ą l'aise.