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Old 06-20-2012, 08:34 PM
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According to that mock draft, I'd rather pass on Lindholm and steal Pouliot. If we nabbed Reilly and Pouliot, as Chad would say, cartwheels.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:44 PM
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I've read Murray, Reinhart, Ceci and now Maata are the most NHL-ready. That's the nature of scouting, I guess; everyone has a different opinion. I've seen them all play on the tele, fortunately, and IMO, Murray and Reinhart are in that category. Ceci would be okay if checking weren't allowed. Insert Freaddy here saying we're already there (not that I necessarily disagree here). Maata's got a while. And I think Yzerman learned a lot from Connolly this year about greenhorns in the NHL.

No way Maata goes anywhere but back to London next year. I think he's a good prospect. But you don't take "good" at 10. 19 would be okay.

Let me ask you this rhetorical question: How high would Lindbolm be ranked if he came over in the import draft last year and played for say, Kitchener, this season?

This is how NHL staffs will judge him. The rankings makers don't have the advantage of seeing the Euros, so they tend to rate the NA's higher. Maybe that's due to lack of views, the threat of Euros eventually heading back overseas, or both.

I think there are some great options for 10 and there will be 1-2 of Murray's top-15 at 19, too. I want a sexy pick at 10, though. Maata doesn't fit it as much as others. He could grow into that, though. He was in the playoffs. MemCup appearance kind of destroyed some of that, though.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:56 PM
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How high would Lindbolm be ranked if he came over in the import draft last year and played for say, Kitchener, this season?
In the conversation with Murray, Rielly, and Dumba, IMO. Other than Trouba, he's the one prospect who balances some offensive upside (although Trouba's is more in question) with any kind of size and physical edge (sure, Ceci has size, but he's soft as Charmin).
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According to that mock draft, I'd rather pass on Lindholm and steal Pouliot. If we nabbed Reilly and Pouliot, as Chad would say, cartwheels.
Reilly is my sexy-now pick and Lindholm is my sexy-later pick
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:24 PM
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I doubt Lindholm makes it to 19.
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Reilly is my sexy-now pick and Lindholm is my sexy-later pick
After reading the blurb on Lindholm, I woudn't mind him either. Of course, I'll probably want someone different tomorrow. Swinging a cat, wasn't it Pete?
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:22 PM
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Craig Button's description of Lindholm:

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Hampus is an all-around defenseman who has the capability to play whatever style the game dictates. There are good skaters but Hampus can be referred to as a complete skater with speed, quickness, agility and balance. He uses the strength of his skating to influence the game both defensively and offensively. He can skate the puck out of trouble and is very good at jumping into the attack. He can pivot and handle speed from a defensive standpoint and negate opponents. He has excellent hockey sense and is able to make plays under pressure but more importantly has the ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and varying challenges. Very confident with the puck and his plays are strong. He is not hesitant to make plays that may be termed risky but the better term may be calculated risk. Effective with his body and can play a physical game and has the capability to play the heavy and hard minutes because of his stature. A complete defenseman who doesn't leave you short in any area of the game.
http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=9826

McKenzie had him at #15. Button and McGuire had him going at #12. Button has him at #10 on his personal list. He's not lasting to #19.

And I don't think he's a reach for us at #10, at all. If we don't take him, I think he's gone within the next 2 picks after us.
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Craig Button, for whatever that's worth, agrees with you on Lindholm calling him a hidden gem. He said that he is a complete skater, that the NHL scouts are real high on him and that he will probably go in the top 10.
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