Huberdeau seems to have the highest overall upside. He is feisty, large (though currently lanky), and extremely skilled. I would be thrilled to draft him, because he would make an excellent 2C. That being said, Couturier would be a wicked pick too. Strome seems to be the biggest wild card.
Honestly, I trust that our scouts have watched each of these guys a dozen times, which is about a dozen more times than me. But to me, you can't go wrong with a 6'4" center that is a top 5 pick, especially with our poor depth up the middle.
If they want someone who might be able to play next year, probably Couturier, but if this is a true rebuild of a few years, I'd prefer Strome. As for Huberdeau, I must confess I only saw him play once, and who knows? I was checking around to see how others have him rated, and it was interesting. Here is how various people/orgs have these guys rated.
The Hockey Writers, as of March 2011
1 NUGENT-HOPKINS, RYAN RED DEER WHL 6' 0.5" 170 C
2 LARSSON, ADAM SKELLEFTEA SWEDEN 6' 3" 200 D
3 COUTURIER, SEAN DRUMMONDVILLE QMJHL 6' 4" 195 C
4 STROME, RYAN NIAGARA OHL 6' 0.25" 183 C
5 LANDESKOG, GABRIEL KITCHENER OHL 6' 0.5" 207 LW
6 MURPHY, RYAN KITCHENER OHL 5' 10.5" 176 D
7 HUBERDEAU, JONATHAN SAINT JOHNQMJHL 6' 1.25" 168 C
Bob McKensie, as of Jan 2011
1 LARSSON, ADAM
2 NUGENT-HOPKINS, RYAN
3 LANDESKOG, GABRIEL
4 COUTURIER, SEAN
5 HAMILTON. DOUGIE
6 STROME, RYAN
7 MURPHY, RYAN
8 SAAD, BRANDON
9 HUBERDEAU, JONATHAN
Central Scouting, as of Nov 2010 (I think)
North American only
1 LANDESKOG, GABRIEL
2 COUTURIER, SEAN
3 NUGENT-HOPKINS, RYAN
4 HUBERDEAU, JONATHAN
19 STROME, RYAN
I don't know if Strome's stock has risen so much over the year, or if Central Scouting was just out to lunch
I would go with Couturier or Strome. But please either of those two over Huberdeau. I really don't see anything special at all from Huberdeau. He'll get ragdolled in the NHL. He also doesn't have the same level of hockey sense or passing of Strome/Couturier and he doesn't have Strome's shot.
Huberdeau would be my last option of the top group of forwards.
Couturer/Strome - Huberdeau
In terms of Couturier/Strome they offer different things. I think Strome has the potential to be better offensively, he's a better skater, has a laser shot, and nicer hands. Couturier brings the size and two-way game with offensive upside aswell. So I'd be happy either way.
I personally like Strome, but I'm not gunna pretend to be some draft expert. I trust Murray and his scout to pick the best player possible, and won't be pissed off at whatever happens on June 24th, just gunna sit back, and enjoy the fact that the reward for a **** season is finally coming our way.