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#2679585 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on Today, 03:46 PM

I agree that you draft the best player available in the 1st round, maybe even the first three rounds, but I don't think teams generally draft by need in the 6th and 7th rounds. Realistically there isn't that much of a difference in projected talent level that late in the draft.

Like I said though, this Larsson kid must be a goalie that Andersson felt we couldn't pass on. Maybe he had him projected to go in the 4th or 5th round. And if that's the case, great, maybe we'll have a stud on our hands.


#2679579 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on Today, 02:00 PM

Yeah, I didn't understand taking a goalie last year, but it really doesn't make sense that we drafted yet another one this year... With Mrazek set as our number one for the foreseeable future at just 24 years old, and at least two of Coreau, Paterson, Perry and Pottelberghe as viable options for backup in the near or not so distant future, I really didn't think there was a need for another goalie in Larsson...


#2679493 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 03:12 PM

It's not like Larkin made the team his first year after being drafted either. He was drafted two years ago and spent a full season developing in college before making the team out of camp last year...

I would have loved Chychrun at 16, but that was a great trade for us. I would have also loved Jones at 20, but none of these kids available at 20 would have been making the Wings this season, likely not next season, and maybe if we were lucky, they'd make it in the 2018-19 season...

There's obviously something about Cholowski that our scouts seen that not many other did. Hopefully they're right and he develops into a solid 2nd pairing defenseman for the Wings in a few years...


#2679458 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 12:36 PM

I was skeptical of Cholowski, but hopeful he turns out to be a steal. Love the Smith and Sambrook picks, not sure on any of the other guys, so time will tell... Hopefully they're Hakan specials...


#2679441 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 11:15 AM

Sambrook. Really happy with that pick. He was another guy I liked.
Johnson is a defenseman from Michigan. Will play at UofM next season.


#2679432 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 10:58 AM

Givani Smith certainly would not have been available in the 5th-7th rounds... I really like that pick a lot.


#2679415 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 10:45 AM

Givani Smith was off the board, but the more I read about this kid, the more I like this pick. Big power-forward, molds his game to that of Wayne Simmonds... Could turn out to be a steal.


#2679398 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 10:12 AM

I don't pretend to know better than any of these NHL scouts, and I certainly give the Wings staff the benefit of the doubt. I thought the point of this thread was to play armchair GM? I'm not saying any of my picks will turn out to be better, but of course I wanted the Wings to select the players I picked...

Any of these kids could turn out to be steals, and of course I hope they do.


#2679374 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 09:40 AM

F***! Allison gone...


#2679362 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 09:34 AM

What is up with the Wings going way off the board?...


#2679356 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 09:30 AM

New Jersey has two of the Mississauga kids that I really wanted... McLeod and Bastian...


#2679349 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 09:18 AM

Bastian is my number one guy at 46... I hope he slides...


#2679347 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 09:09 AM

I like Day, Green and Carlsson on the back end and Bastian (doubt he drops), Raddysh, Allison and Kuznetson up front...


#2679298 Detroit trades Datsyuk to Arizona

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 June 2016 - 11:52 PM

First, how the hell do you know who initiated trade talks? For all you know, Holland could have approached Chayka with the proposal, taking complete advantage of the 27 year old GM... Secondly, how the hell do you know Holland had any intention in taking Chychrun? I would agree that he seemed like the logical choice, but for all we know, there was something about the kid that our scouts didn't like, and we weren't going to take him regardless of there being a trade or not...


#2679289 The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 June 2016 - 11:33 PM

Yeah, great trade to get rid of Datsyuk's contract and also pick up another 2nd rounder, while moving back just 4 spots... Unfortunately though, that pick couldn't have been worse (as it looks right now)...

I said long ago that I wanted either McLeod or Bean (assuming Chychrun wouldn't have been available...) and if they were gone, I was hoping to trade back and pick Jones. Either one of Jones or Gauthier would have been great picks there, hell I could name at least 10 players I would have taken before this Cholowski kid...

Of course I hope he becomes a huge steal, but I really can't see this kid developing into anything more than a 2nd / 3rd pairing defenseman... Prove us wrong Kenny...