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In Topic: The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

25 June 2016 - 02:08 PM


And where are you pulling 5-6 years from?  You have no clue.  4 years is probably the max, and possibly as few as 2 years depending on his development.  Kids are coming straight from college more and more often.  Larkin, Dekeyser came straight from college.  Cholowski was the fastest rising prospect in this year's draft.   He already has good size for an 18-year-old, and will add on within a year or two.  You're off your rocker if you think Gauthier, Jones, or Rubtsov will jump right into the NHL.  They'll more than likely need at least a season or two of development, maybe even 3.  They're not locks to be anything above top 6 players. 


"Kieffer Bellows is a pure shooter with question marks about the rest of his game. Max Jones is a nasty left winger with a size/speed combination and perhaps a 50-50 shot at either becoming a top-six power forward -- a better-skating version of the Scott Hartnell mold -- or else having a career as a role player somewhere in the range of the careers of former first-round picks Raffi Torres, Ben Eager or current Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson. A lot of NHL scouts soured on Julien Gauthier's game as the 2015-16 season progressed. Questions started to fly about his adaptability to the NHL despite being a good finisher with a huge frame and excellent strength (although not very consistent in applying it)."  

A little intel on Jordan Sambrook:


Smooth-skating two-way defenceman who displays solid creativity and offensive instincts, as well as a strong defensive game. Can play lengthy shifts due to his conservative style without the puck, and can be relied upon in all situations. Mobile with and without the puck, and could even become a bit quicker. His size allows him to be physically assertive and protect the puck well. All-in-all, a defenceman who has the potential to become a well-rounded all-around player that can log a lot of ice-time. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016) - See more at: http://www.elitepros...h.SmsD9WRx.dpuf

Holland was already talking about "Cholowski going to St. Cloud St for the next 4 years." Then 1-2 in the AHL, that makes 5-6 years from now. Because of the crap teams that drafted Gauthier Jones, and Chychrun each has a better than 50-50 chance of being in the NHL next year. Same with Rubstov. All 4 will have played at least 1 game by the end of the 2017/18 season. meanwhile Cholowski will be a sophomore in college with 2 years to go.

In Topic: The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

25 June 2016 - 10:56 AM

This is a bad draft for the RW's. True none of us know how any player is going to turn out, neither do the RW's. Every draft in every sport is nothing more than an educated guess. When a team passes over guys ranked in the top 20 for a guy ranked in the mid 30's those are not educated guesses. It isn't about player A or player B or player C. it is about being smart and getting player A AND player B AND player C. 5-6 years from now Cholowski could become a good player. While we are waiting for that how many 20 goal seasons will Gauthier have? How about Jones? Rustabov? Some of the others available when we picked will have 200+ NHL games played before Cholowski ever plays a pro game.

In Topic: The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

24 June 2016 - 09:14 PM

Terrible pick. Holland likes to do this. Makes a good trade with the Yotes. Then instead of taking a better player goes out and takes a reach. Even if Cholowski makes it some day-5-6 years from now, others that were on the board will already be in the NHL producing. Oh well. Terrible pick.

In Topic: The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

24 June 2016 - 02:47 PM

I assume you didn't list Bean because you think he'll be gone before 16?

Yup. I see him in the 12 range. There are very few high end Dmen available, so expect an early run. Lots of good F's. Dmen rise F's fall.

In Topic: The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

24 June 2016 - 12:24 PM

My last thoughts before the draft.

1. If we trade I expect it to be up, not down. This is a very shallow draft overall. 40-50 really good prospects then not after that.

2. I think we end up with one of these five guys if we pick at 16: Rustibov C, Gauither RW, Jones LW, McAvoy D, or Mcloud C. Sorry for any mis-spellings....

3. In the 2nd I want us to take the risk and draft Day. He has top 5 talent and questionable off the ice issues. A true Boom or Bust pick. But if he is a BOOM, it will be a big one.

4. I do expect multiple trades to happen this weekend. Will Holland be part of it?