Now let's have some fun. if I was going to place money on who the RW take in round 1, who is it?
Tough question,but here we go. let's ass-u-me that all 5 of the guys I listed are still there. most should be Erne is the one most likely to be gone. How wouldI rate/predict the order? As of today I would go: Big Fred, Zykov, Horvat, Erne, Mantha in that order. Why? well style of player. We all joke about Holand's man love for "small skilled euro's". But that is only partly correct. His real man love is good 2 way forwards, which Euro's have a higher % of. Most NA players tend to focus on 1 thing at this age. Of the 5 gus i listed, Big Fred, Zykov, and Horvat are all very good/great 2 way players. They are good offensive players as well and all have good/great size and toughness.
As much as I personnally like Mantha, he is a future Malkin/overchkin type offensive player, i don't think that Holland will go that way. I firmly believe that he would rather have a good defensive player that can score 20-25 goalsover a 40+ goal scorer that doesn't play D at all. Now playing D is a skill that is taught. anyone can learn to back check and block shots. But the Wings have always prefered guys that play defensive first and teach them how to shoot.
So as of today my pick: Fred Gauthier 6-5/220 LH C in the 1st round.