If we're drafting off need Jenner would be a solid pick, as would Biggs, for a third line checking role. I don't think Jenner is anywhere near the BPA at #18, but I think he's more of a safe pick.
Jeremy Morin, Kyle Beach, Ludvig Rensfeldt all have top 6/9 potential on the left side, and Hossa and Kane patrol on the right. Drafting players who may be better suited for checking roles seems like a solid idea, but seeing as this could be the highest the Hawks pick in the next 4-5 years I think I'd like them to go with the BPA in their mind.
That bit made me laugh. I'd much rather see Scheifele than Jenner at that pick if that's the direction they go. Puempel is still my pick if he falls that low.
If the Hawks walk away with Scheifele, McNeil or Puempel... I'd consider the draft a success.
I was really intrigued by Jenner for a while, but there's certainly other centers out there with higher upside. If Scheifele, McNeil, Puempel and maybe guys like Jurco, Biggs/Armia are gone... then I'd take whichever player has the highest ceiling out of the bunch. With 3 picks in the top 50, I think we could afford to take a gamble on a boom-or-bust type prospect with #18.
BOB MCKENZIE has J.T. Miller at #18--EXACTLY my prefered pick for the Hawks...
2nd line centre solution (ETA 1-3 years away* * He already has good size 6'1.25 198) and his speed is NHL grade "A" ; I say 2 years at North Dakota OR quicker--1 year in Plymouth if he changes his mind and goes to the OHL instead) ..
A 2-way centre with terrific speed,hitting,good wall play,good puck distributor, tenacious checker,only question is goal scoring/finishing..his shot release and hardness of shotare both there in the toolset..the only quibble to his game is the in close "hands" of finishing -but he doesn't have to be the finisher on the line--he needs to control the direction of play--so that it is pretty much constantly in the opposing d-zone (our o-zone) ...Get the puck to Hossa -he is supposed tobe the finisher...PUNISH the opponentswith hits such that they fear playing against him,back up teir d--because he canblow by them with straight on break-away speed,
and justscore on the intermeiate range shots he willget off because he has the speed to get to sspot to release the shot ..If he lacks magic hands in close -ok you can't have everything -but who cares.I like all the rest of his game.
McNeil, Scheifele, Biggs, Phillips were all gone.. My thinking, for what it's worth: agree that it seemed early to take Jenner, but I was leaning towards center the whole way and went with what seemed to me the next best center. You can't have too many character guys, in my opinion, even if he doesn't have the highest ceiling. I agree that the 'hawks will go BPA, but it's much less obvious who that is after the first dozen picks or so. Jurco I love as a fit for the 'Hawks, but I opted to minimize the risk at 18, knowing there were a couple other picks coming early 2nd rd.
I'm no draft expert, but based on what I've read on here, wouldn't Jurco at our second selection be quite a stretch?
I don't think it's likely, but I wouldn't be surprised. It's going to get really crazy after the top 10 in regards to players falling and rising.
Everyone remembers Jurco's Mem. Cup performace, but he struggled with consistency on the stacked team all season long. So is it a stretch that he falls to us? Maybe. But he's a projected late 1st rounder, so falling to the early 2nd isn't that hard to imagine.
I hope he isn't another Rob Schremp. I don't see any of these cool stickhandling maneuvers and tricks he can do can help him on the ice. If he can shoot the puck, handle the puck normally, play well in his own end a little, and see the ice, then fine. If he struggled all year on a stacked team and had a good Memorial Cup, I wouldn't waste a first round selection on Jurco.