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Old 06-26-2016, 12:43 PM
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Hope you're right. I'm also hoping SFY lucks out one day(or some mighty fine scouting) a la Red Wings did with Henrik Zetterberg one day with a mid/late pick...
Ondrej Palat says hi. Also, Matt Peca, Joel Vermin, and Nikita Gusev were all 7th round picks that look to have some NHL future.

It all depends on what you prefer player wise. If you love pure skill guys then you're probably not thrilled with our draft class. If you're trying to find 2 or 3 guys that have the same qualities as a Alex Killorn or a Palat then you're probably happy. IMO, Katchouk is the most intriguing guy we got and I feel that he really could be an effective NHL power-forward. The last time I seen him in a game he got knocked silly in a fight, but he (as a 17 year old) was fighting a 20 year old that was a frequent fighter who had a cheap shot on one of Katchouk's smaller teammates. Great leadership qualities and I can see why he compares his game to David Backes.

I liked DeAngelo but a good two way defenseman is always going to be better than a one dimensional offensive defenseman. Plus, Yzerman and Murray love their Czech defensemen. Gudas, Sustr (I know he was a UFA but I still count him), Masin, and now Hajek.

The big Russian continues their trend on taking a project in the 6th round. They did it two years ago with DiGiacinto (didn't work), last year with Boko Imama, and this year with Sosunov. When you have extra picks I suppose it allows you to take raw guys that may have some untapped potential so at least he seems intriguing if only on size alone. Need to see how he adapts to the MHL this year assuming that's where he plays.

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Old 06-26-2016, 08:06 PM
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They've already got a track record with drafting overagers (Palat and Paquette) and signing undrafted free agents (Johnson) that's the envy of the league, IMO.
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:33 PM
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Are any of the draftees eligible to go to the Crunch?
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:46 PM
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Are any of the draftees eligible to go to the Crunch?
Colton, Lohin, and Sosunov are but the first two are going to play college hockey next season and Sosunov is going to be still in Russia.
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Old 06-27-2016, 02:42 AM
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Is Ingram eligible?
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:57 PM
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Overall, it's clear that the main theme/goal of this draft was size. Not a single player drafted is less than 6'0", and they are mostly heavier, with room to grow into their height as well.

Maybe this is a reaction to seeing some of the bigger physical teams up close this year, maybe it's a reaction to our frequent injuries. Who knows the reason, but it's clear they wanted size.

The draft class looks pretty good, One 1st and 3 second rounders is VERY nice. Some of these players will be stepping into bigger roles this year, too (like the new Paquette).

The biggest missed opportunity at the draft, imo, is moving one of the big contracts. I know, I know "need two to tango" and all that jazz. But I'm sorry, I won't believe we couldn't move Filppula when Holland seemed to find an ideal fit for Datsyuk only several days after learning definitely that he was leaving.

Pretty rough to lose DeAngelo for only a second, seems like a real cutting-your-losses type scenario, there. Still, Hajek seems like a slam-dunk top 4 guy, so I'm sure it will all work out in the end, but when you have a potential 50-point defenseman, I'd like to get a little more out of him.

That said, I don't want to come off to negative here (contrary to what the internet would have you believe, it is possible to have both positive and negative thoughts about something ). I do think this is a strong draft class, and I feel much better about it than I did/do about 2015's group.
Holland wasn't going to do anything with his new found cap room. That is earmarked for Stamkos and if that fails then it could have been an option
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