I will never understand how primarily North American posters have some "Euro" bias.
Can someone explain this to me?
Its not a NA bias. Its the fact that some people on here are in love with the softer, skilled eruropean players. I dont care where a defenseman is from that plays an amazing shutdown game, we're talking about the best or second (Oleksiak is right there) in this entire draft. Kabanov is a great example of this. He was a flashy stick handler so almost this entire website was calling for him last year in the first round, he didnt end up going til the 4th to the islanders and is now a borderline bust already.
Give me a Jiri Fischer or Konstintinov, I dont care where youre from, I care how you play.
I've shown that in pretty much every mock, Mayfield is going in the first round, often ahead of Detroits pick and noone has yet shown a mock to verify that he will be going closer to 45 than 25 or is a mid second rounder. He isnt a flashy player, just liek adam Foote, Hatcher, Luke Schenn etc are/were not. So of course because he isnt flashy people on here are going to call for someone else in the first round, regardless of the fact the wings want to add size to their prospect pool, lack any top end, stellar defensive defenseman and lack a mean streak. Instead a 5'10, skilled, small forward is being praised while all of our top prospects except Smith are Tatar, Nyquist, Mursak, Jarnkrok and Pulkkinen. The only big forward prospect we have is Sheahan, the rest are south of 6 feet.
I dunno just look at all those mocks I listed earlier, I think only one has Kholkalachev going in the first round, and its after Mayfield. The rest have Mayfield going right around the wings pick, yet there are some people in here trying to make me sound like an idiot for saying we should take him.
Whats with the bias against big, tough players is a better question to ask.
I love Sheahan and thought that was a great pick.
I NEVER once said it's easier to gain weight being 5'11" than being 6'4". That's something you keep saying and somehow got fixated on and keep regurgitating.
Khocklachev is 5'11" and will probably grow another inch or he might not. He is 176 pounds and can gain 20 pounds in one summer just like Tatar did with ease and also keep adding more muscle like Tatar is. So that's a highly skilled 6' 196+ pound speedster who is just as good of a finisher as he is a creative play-maker. I don't see what's wrong with that type of player.
And I never once said your guy wouldnt grow at all, thats some notion you got. You keep going on about how I said that, all I said was its unlikely for someone to for sure grow 2 inches and gain 30 lbs. Sure some prospects do it but its the rule not the exception.
There is also nothing wrong with that type of player, but it isnt what the wings need now at all. There is a big, tough stay at home defender who also has the potential to put up 30 points a year while being one of the best shut down guys in his whole draft projected to go right at where the wings pick, the wings DO NOT need another forward who 5'10 and undersized. Especially one who is more of a reach at 24 than Mayfield is.