Elliot and O'reilly. Good picks, both were thought to be 1st rounders by many.
The Elliot pick is a good one but I am not seeing O'Reilly over Roussel, Budish, Werek, etc. I know he is ranked higher by ISS but he has the same knocks as Budish (skating) with a smaller frame and seemingly lower ceiling.
An offensive-minded defenseman, Barrie has turned an average second half of the season into a productive playoff performance. A confident puck carrier, he has been a mainstay on the power play ion both his 16- and 17-year-old seasons. He has had the tremendous good fortune to have been paired with Luke Schenn (TOR) and then Tyler Myers (BUF) in Kelowna during the past two seasons, a fact he has acknowledged when queried about his ability to commit to attacking zone play. Barrie does not possess an overpowering shot, but it is consistently accurate and he has the knack of sifting the puck through traffic. He does not necessarily have to get bigger, but he will have to be stronger to excel in professional hockey. While he reminds WHL onlookers of a right-handed shooting Kris Russell (CBJ), Barrie has yet to make a major impact on the international junior stage.
I really hope that this was done to try and screw over LEN BARRIE by trading his son to him at a later time.
Really don't like this pick.
The sad part is, I bet we can screw them over. They are in love (much like the Avs front office) with faces they know. I bet 90% of the marginal players from Vancouver Island who were drafted are all Tampa Bay property. I doubt he has no interest in his own son.
I think that's fair value for Barrie, not a reach by any means. Were there players I would rather have at that spot? Yes (like the 2 guys taken after him for instance), but that's right around where you would expect him to go.