Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust

Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust

 

 

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DylanJ
DylanJ

"....after days of lobbying, Maple Leafs president Brenda Shanahan has received permission from..." -from the Sun article earlier lol

DylanJ
DylanJ

"There's not a huge gap between McDavid or Eichel and Hanifin but there is, to start the season anyway, a gap between those top three and everyone else," said one head scout of an NHL team. "(Hanifin) is at a disadvantage simply because he's a defenceman and the other two guys are centres. But (Hanifin) could be Scott Niedermayer. He skates like him."

Hanifin is a shade under 6-foot-3 and weighs 205 pounds. The scouting report says he has world-class wheels, elite offensive skills, can run a power play and use his size effectively to play physically when it's required.

- Bob McKenzie

mtommy
mtommy

The one knock against the Eichel video was the arrogance of him already claiming he's 2nd overall... If I'm Tim Murray, and Kane being prone to the "party life" ... I'm going to assume they'll field some calls for their pick.

I wouldn't be surprised at all if they take a package.  But that being said, I would make a strong pitch for Eichel.

DylanJ
DylanJ

@mtommy Tim Murray already announced he wanted another blue chip center on top of Reinhart for sure because "success is built down the middle".  No way he trades Eichel

DylanJ
DylanJ

@mtommy @DylanJ Eichel has a slightly higher value than Strome but for me to pull the trigger if we gave up Kessel they'd have to include another really good player/prospect/pick
 

vinoa
vinoa

@Luke_R @mtommy That video is also showing an 18 year gifted athlete just being a normal person, but that doesn't mean that people won't find something to make out of it.

Jay31
Jay31

Hard to believe Sam Bennett is 18. Calgary got him at #4.. nice.

DylanJ
DylanJ

@Coldincowtown @Jay31 Yup. I'm pretty pleased having our choice between two out of these three players in the end:


Hanifin, Strome, Marner. Beautiful.

DylanJ
DylanJ

@Coldincowtown @Jay31 Marner has got to be the safest pick of the three. Not to say the best. Seems to have largest raw natural skillset - skating, skill, scoring power. Determination and drive -- hard to see him not succeeding in the NHL

Dylan Strome has a potentially higher upside by being a big #1 C, at 6'3'' and almost same PPG as Marner. Yet, if his skating, speed and grit is less than Marner's can't translate to the NHL then he may be less effective than Marner in the end


Hanifin seems to be in the same boat -- higher upside than Marner if he becomes franchise #1 Dman, but has a steeper downside if he just becomes a Bouwmeester/Johnson type of guy


Therefore I have to trust Hunter, Dubas and Shanny to make the right move

sniperstar
sniperstar

https://vine.co/v/O2Z70UT9HEt 


Just one thing after another with Eichel. A lot of people saying this is controversial. Just looks like a typical college student at a party with friends.

Jmessih
Jmessih

Sam Bennett scores, we all saw it coming 

vinoa
vinoa

@DylanJ @theselfishsloth @Jmessih I dunno about that. He had already bought out Grabbo, let MacA walk, signed Bozak, traded for Bolland, and maxed out the cap by the time he was forced to trade Colborne. That entire summer was Nonis undoing. Still don't get why a guy who was pretty successful as a conservative GM would go and make such drastic moves after making the playoffs.

HHT
HHT

BUF news is busy spinning 'working class' Eichel as better "fit" in BUF than Connor McDavid. lol

DylanJ
DylanJ

@HHT They're lucky to have Eichel though I'd still be happy too. Good way to welcome a player
 -- Toronto media probably would have went "Leafs miss out on McDavid: Doomed with Eichel"

Jmessih
Jmessih

If the Wings go out early which players could they send down to play for Grand Rapids?

LargusMeans
LargusMeans

@DeclanK  Thanks Declan. Nice goal by @Snizzbone.


Anyone find highlights from last nights game?

FrankFerrant
FrankFerrant

@DeclanK Incredible is the right word. Honestly he sort of reminds me of Backstrom ... would like to see him adapt to C 


sniperstar
sniperstar

@FrankFerrant @DeclanK Might be a simple case where Willie doesn't take face-offs but once the play starts he shifts to playing a Cs role. You see it with Erie and Dylan Strome but in reverse. Strome takes face offs and defensively he seems to take more of a wingers role than Cs.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

So who are we thinking we are going to draft in the four spot? 

LargusMeans
LargusMeans

@TorontoMapleLeafs @B_Leaf  Depends on if we can get Devils 6th oa pick for JVR. That opens up so many possibilities then. Marner/Crouse. Hanifin/Provorov. Exciting times coming up.

LargusMeans
LargusMeans

@FloorHockeyFlopper @TorontoMapleLeafs @B_Leaf  Stupid forums and conjecture of course. Talk is Devils willing to move pick for scoring. JVR being from Jersey seems an interesting fit. He's our most valuable asset and will net us more than anybody on the roster. Getting 6th pick and an A prospect doesn't seem out of line considering he's a 30 goal man and his 3 yrs at 4.25.

Scotty_8
Scotty_8

Someday I hope we can develop prospects properly and have them come in at reasonable times. Guys like Stone and Hoffman on Ottawa come seemingly out of nowhere (to non-fans) and produce. Some day we can have that in guys like Johnson, Liepsic  and Brown. 

LoovTrain
LoovTrain

@Scotty_8 very astute... these are exactly what these players could be for us.

Jay31
Jay31

So my Sens in 7 prediction is looking good...

Marlies Man
Marlies Man

@Jay31 Yeah all they have to do is win four in a row ... easy peasy

djamon
djamon

@Scotty_8 A lot of people made the same prediction. All Montreal does is get 110 points and they're the underdog.

sniperstar
sniperstar

@Jay31 I had Habs in 6. Sens always choke. Just didn't think it would be this bad.