Extremely well. Budish, Roussel, and Beck are all very good, if not great picks. Latta is a solid center prospect similar to Nick Spaling. Rajala, Nattinen, Lee and Pasquale are all still on the board, too, so we could get a great pick in the 4th round if they stay there.
I can't believe Budish and Roussel were both still there. I think both were ranked in the top 30 by redline and from everything I've seen Budish could have been waaaaayyyy up the board if he hadn't insisted on playing football through high school in addition to hockey and hadn't blown out his knee before the start of this year.
These two picks alone have me ready to concede that Poile is a genius and Ellis was a great pick.
I also think he didn't bollocks up the 3rd round either. I caught a great interview with latta a bit ago- projects well. Beck adds some more size and potential as a power forward project.
Craig Smith is a weird pick. Going to Wisconsin in the fall, but he's 20 years old and might not have been drafted otherwise...
Ekholm sounds like Franson.
Dont know anything about either but I saw a reference that Smith was viewed wildly different by scouts- from 2nd round to not drafted. Maybe we were the 2nd round view??? I saw a reference to Ekholm having good mobility, which, if true, certainly isn't Franson. Not wild about either pick but hopefully the staff got it right. I like Foucault and Foligno- both picked right after Ekholm.
And we traded out of the 7th round to let St. Louis pick. Nashville's draft is over.
Ryan Ellis, D - D - 1
Zach Budish, RW - A - 5
Charles-Olivier Roussel, D - A - 5
Taylor Beck, RW - A - 5
Michael Latta, C - B - 4
Craig Smith, C - C - 3
Mattias Ekholm, D - C - 3
Nick Oliver, C - B - 4
Gabriel Bourque, LW - A - 5
Cam Reid, C - C - 3
Mode Selection Grade: 5
Median Selection Grade: 3
Mean Selection Grade: 3.8
Habs fan dropping in to say.... what a helluva draft for the Predators.
You guys are crazy to be dissing Ryan Ellis. I lived in Windsor for a couple of years and the kid is absolutely amazing. His defensive game, even though he's small, is very underrated. And there is no defenseman in the draft that sees the offensive part of the game better than him, including Hedman. You guys may be disappointed now, but you won't be soon enough.. he is an absolute beast.
Zach Budish was one of my favourite players in the draft. I had him ranked very high (Top-15) and he is an incredible player. He's got size, strength, loves to play in front of the net, can score, can pass, good defensively.. he's the full package. And he's also a leader, which is always a good thing. Without the injury, I could have seen him sneak into the Top-10 very easily as I think he's the best all-around forward in the draft.
Roussel is a very good defenseman with a great first pass. He can play the defensive side of the game just fine and he can be physical. He's already got a great frame to continue to build on and could end up around 6'2, 220 lbs. He's a good skater with a good shot. And, most importantly, he stepped his game up ten-fold in the playoffs. He's a competitor.
Michael Latta is a good pick. Very good grit, good defensive game, and he's got some very good vision.
Gabriel Bourque will take punishment but hopefully he fills his frame out a bit more so he can take a lot more and not break down. Lots of speed.
As much as I hated the Ellis pick the draft filled out quite nicely. Im even kind of excited about what he can do.
Weve got the small scoring defenseman, Shea Weber circa 2003 (Rousell), a power forward who could have been known as one of the best in the class if he stayed healthy (Budish), and various other types of players, it is a diverse class but has potential.
First video on NP.com... "After taking a smallish defenseman in the first round, the priority was to get more forwards [in rounds 2-7]."
So which is it? I thought the priority was to take the BPA, which is why we selected a smallish defenseman in Ellis, when we are already loaded with D propsects and in dire need of some who can create some offense?