True, and that was a shock! I (like a lot of us here) are just brainwashed into hearing that Holland wants to get bigger and tougher, yet drafts small and soft. How many years now? I am happy he went with who he went with last season, and like you said, hopefully its a trend that continues! (of course he must be talented too, not just big and tough, but he must be able to play!)
It will. As I said before, Holland is actually concerned that there's not much size in his current system. But of course, who's fault is that? His own.
Anyway, in this draft I expect a mix, similar to last year. Maybe something like (with examples);
1st Round: Small Skilled (Tatar)
2nd Round: Power Forward (Marc Aubry)
3rd Round: Big Defensive Dman (No examples)
4th Round: Small Skilled From Earlier Round (Pulkkinen)
5th Round: Small Skilled Fighter (Callahan)
6th Round: Tough Power Forward (No examples)
7th Round: Small offensive defenseman (Marshall) or wild card (Jesper Samuelsson)
Going to have a good look through all the mock drafts and see who I fancy. Don't you just love the draft? One of my favourite parts of hockey along with free agent frenzy. I would love to see us draft toughness to go with the size. Obviously such a prospect is hard to get in the lower rounds, but we managed it with Callahan, even if he is a bit undersized...maybe something to look for in the second round.
I firmly believe, as always (and rightly), Detroit will use its first round pick to select the best available player that remains, unless of course someone comes alone and trades two or three picks for it. With us being a little higher in the draft this year I don't expect that to happen. But who knows? The rest is a lottery, but as they stated they wanted size this year, Im expecting the rest to be a mixed bag, slightly favouring size over skill.
The draft is so far away