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Who does Winnipeg select with the 7th pick?

View Poll Results: Who would you like Winnipeg to select at pick #7
Sean Couturier 41 36.94%
Ryan Strome 36 32.43%
Mika Zibanejad 18 16.22%
Dougie Hamilton 15 13.51%
other...please list 1 0.90%
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06-23-2011, 01:35 PM
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Oh, I know that, regardless of where he plays. While I agree that some say the talent in the SEL is better, the "lay of the land" of the two leagues (SEL to AHL) in terms of it's comparisons to the NHL, is quite different. The AHL game and style of play is very similar to that of the NHL. If he already plays a NA style game, it may be better for his development to play in a league that possesses a NA style game, as a whole.
He's only played part of a season in the SEL and put up good rookie numbers in the SEL. He's improved his draft stock a ton by playing in that league. The AHL is a possibility though.

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06-23-2011, 01:37 PM
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He's only played part of a season in the SEL and put up good rookie numbers in the SEL. He's improved his draft stock a ton by playing in that league. The AHL is a possibility though.
That's true, and by all means, I wouldn't want to rush him into a league that he's not completely ready for.

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06-23-2011, 01:37 PM
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I think Cotourier won't be there at 7, I don't think Ottawa will pass on him. So saying that I say Zibenijad is a better pick. Though we are in the east this year we are going to need his size and toughness in the West when we move over.
Word has it Ottawa really likes Zibanejad

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06-23-2011, 01:40 PM
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That's true, and by all means, I wouldn't want to rush him into a league that he's not completely ready for.
Personally in my ideal world, I'd like to see him play this year in the SEL, then move to the AHL for the playoffs/end of season and also play in the WJC. The best of both worlds

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06-23-2011, 01:41 PM
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IF they keep a similar offensive system, then Strome.

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06-23-2011, 01:44 PM
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I think they go with Strome over Zibanejad, if those are the two available. Go BPA, Strome has the higher ceiling than Zibanejad. A third-line center may be nice for this year but that can be picked up in FA. Strome's going to have the bigger NHL impact, imo, even if he does take 2-3 years to get here.

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06-23-2011, 01:45 PM
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Word has it Ottawa really likes Zibanejad
So... a quick mock based on what the rumors are, correct me on some if i'm wrong. And this obviously is not including any potential movement of the picks via trade.

1. Edmonton - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2. Colorado - Larsson/Huberdeau/Landeskog
3. Florida - Huberdeau/Landeskog
4. NJ - Larsson/Huberdeau/Landeskog

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If indeed that is the top 4, which seems to be the consensus.
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5. NYI - Strome/Hamilton
6. Ottawa - Zibanejad/Strome
7. Winnipeg - Couturier


Ideally, Couturier would fall to us in this scenario. But, Ottawa has Spezza as a more so than less one-dimensional centerman, would they want another potential one-dimensional center with the potential to not be to great defensively? Strome fits that bill, atleast at the moment, I think. Couturier or Zibanejad may be a better for for them.

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06-23-2011, 02:11 PM
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So... a quick mock based on what the rumors are, correct me on some if i'm wrong. And this obviously is not including any potential movement of the picks via trade.

1. Edmonton - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2. Colorado - Larsson/Huberdeau/Landeskog
3. Florida - Huberdeau/Landeskog
4. NJ - Larsson/Huberdeau/Landeskog

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If indeed that is the top 4, which seems to be the consensus.
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5. NYI - Strome/Hamilton
6. Ottawa - Zibanejad/Strome
7. Winnipeg - Couturier


Ideally, Couturier would fall to us in this scenario. But, Ottawa has Spezza as a more so than less one-dimensional centerman, would they want another potential one-dimensional center with the potential to not be to great defensively? Strome fits that bill, atleast at the moment, I think. Couturier or Zibanejad may be a better for for them.
I think Ottawa goes Zibanejad or Couturier over Strome. They really like good character, hard working players. With Spezza as their 1C, they could use a good 2-way player with offensive upside behind him as a 2C. Those players would be Couturier or Zibanejad. I think they'd take Zibanejad based on their scouting ability in Sweeden the last few years. Their former scout Anders Forsberg has moved on to coach Skelleftea in the SEL. I'm sure he's still a source for his former team, as far as Swedish prospects go. One can only hope any of this happens

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06-23-2011, 02:15 PM
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My top 6:

Edm - RNH
Col - Larsson
Fla - Huberdeau
Nj - Landeskog
Nyi - Hamilton
Ott - Strome

I take Z in my scenario.

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I'm really hoping you guys get Couturier. But Strome couldn't be all bad.

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Seems like the more and more I read, the more I believe Couturier will drop to us.

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06-23-2011, 07:56 PM
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Hello everyone, long time Thrasher fan here, i've set up a blog and have just done a post about possible first round draft targets if anyone's after a bit more info;

http://www.lightsouthockey.com/2011/winnipeg-2011-draft-targets/

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Still hopeful that Couturier falls to us. He is an ideal player for us, I think his downside is a solid twoway 2nd line C, his upside is a Mike Richards type. Couturier-Burmistrov down the middle would be huge in a few years. If not I am happy with either Zibanejad, Strome or Hamilton really, I like all of these players. But Couturier is the guy I want.

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With Couturier, I think his downside is David Legwand, while his upside is Anze Kopitar-lite. A 70 point, two-way playmaker with size.

Zibenjad is more like Mike Richards.

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So weird that a couple months ago we had no chance of drafting Couturier. Tomorrow, we could get the chance.

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I definitely take Couturier if he's available. Jordan Staal with a better offensive touch? Done.

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With Couturier, I think his downside is David Legwand, while his upside is Anze Kopitar-lite. A 70 point, two-way playmaker with size.

Zibenjad is more like Mike Richards.
Yah you are right. That is much better comparaison, however I think Zibanjad downside is never coming over to NA. So Couturier is a safer player, IMO.

Also, side note Kopitar himself is not a 70 point player. I think he will have 3-7 years of 90+ points. I know you said Kopitar-lite so it makes sense.

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Zibanejad is more like Mikko Koivu than richards.

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Hamilton projects as a first pairing Dman in the NHL. What about Postma and Kulda? Both are IMO 2nd pairing blueliners at best.

What if Enstrom isn't around when Hamilton is ready for NHL action? Do you trade for a similar Dman "Thrashers-style"?
So? You have Enstrom, Byfuglien, and at this time Bogosian. That's ONE franchise, top 15 defenseman. That's ONE top pairing defenseman that has a similar play style offensively to Mike Green. That's ONE 2nd pairing defenseman with the skill set better the either of the other two, and is still only 20 years old. Unless Bogosian is traded by the start of the season, then taking Hamilton is redundant.

Winnipeg would be absolute morons to let Enstrom get away. The guy makes the whole team "GO".


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Zibanejad is more like Mikko Koivu than richards.
No way. Zibenjad is far more physical than Koivu, and he's more of a goal scorer.

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I don't remember a draft where I've flip flopped on who I want my team selecting as much as I have in this one.

I make a case for disappointment if any of Couturier, Strome, Zibanejad or even Hamilton are taken before #7.

But then .... I consider myself lucky that my team still has the opportunity to draft the one that's left.

I'd hate to be the team that passes on one of the above only to let them fall to # 8 and become the better player.

Anyone have any idea who the Flyers will be hoping for at # 8? Just curious. Sure Boston would love to jump above them

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Couturier is the first player ever from Phoenix to be drafted. It would be so ironic for him to get drafted by Winnipeg.

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I hope its Sean Couturier that we get.

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I don't remember a draft where I've flip flopped on who I want my team selecting as much as I have in this one.

I make a case for disappointment if any of Couturier, Strome, Zibanejad or even Hamilton are taken before #7.

But then .... I consider myself lucky that my team still has the opportunity to draft the one that's left.

I'd hate to be the team that passes on one of the above only to let them fall to # 8 and become the better player.

Anyone have any idea who the Flyers will be hoping for at # 8? Just curious. Sure Boston would love to jump above them
Strome or Murphy is what I've been hearing.

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Gotta think Philly will go after the best d-man available with the #8 pick. Thay have got quite a few talented young forwards but nothing on the back end. With Timonen and Pronger both approaching the age when they will start slowing down, philly need to think about replacing them, - they'll go for Hamilton, Murphy, Brodin or Beaulieu.

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