Morning Mashup: Drafting in the 8 spot

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Photo: Terry Wilson/OHL Images

No miracles in yesterday’s draft lottery.

Here’s the history of the eighth overall pick dating back to 1990:

DraftPlayerPositionGPPts
2011Sean CouturierF20581
2010Alex BurmistrovF19458
2009Scott GlennieF10
2008Mikkel BoedkerF338146
2007Zach HamillF204
2006Peter MuellerF297160
2005Devin SetoguchiF459249
2004Alxandre PicardF672
2003Braydon CoburnD575157
2002Pierre-Marc BouchardF593356
2000Nikita AlexeevF15937
1999Taylor PyattF859280
1998Mark BellF450182
1997Sergei SamsonovF888571
1996Johnathan AitkenD441
1995Terry RyanF80
1994Jason WiemerF726202
1993Niklas SundstromF750349
1992Brandon ConveryF7228
1991Richard MatvichukD796178
1990Derian HatcherD1045331

The top 20 prospects per the March ISS rankings:

RankPlayerPositionBirthShotHeightWeightTeamLeague2013-14 GPPts
1Ekblad, AaronD2/7/1996R6.03.5216BarrieOHL5853
2Reinhart, SamC11/6/1995R6.00.75185KootenayWHL60105
3Bennett, SamLW6/20/1996L6.00.25178KingstonOHL5791
4Dal Colle, MichaelC6/20/1996L6.01.5182OshawaOHL6795
5Nylander, WilliamC5/1/1996R5.11169ModoSweE5734
6Draisaitl, LeonC10/27/1995L6.01.5204Prince AlbertWHL64105
7Perlini, BrendanLW4/27/1996L6.02.75205NiagaraOHL5871
8Virtanen, JakeLW8/17/1996R6.00.75208CalgaryWHL7171
9Tuch, AlexRW5/10/1996R6.03.5213USA Under-18NTDP2632
10Fleury, HaydnLD7/8/1996L6.02.5203Red DeerWHL7046
11Ho-Sang, JoshuaRW1/22/1996R5.11175WindsorOHL6785
12Ritchie, NicholasLW12/5/1995L6.02.25226PeterboroughOHL6174
13Kapanen, KasperiRW7/23/1996R6.00180KuopioFinE4714
14Ehlers, NikolajLW2/14/1996L5.11162HalifaxQMJHL63104
15McCann, JaredC5/31/1996L6.00.25179S.S. MarieOHL6462
16Larkin, DylanLW7/30/1996L6.00.75190USA Under-18NTDP2626
17McKeown, RolandD1/20/1996R6.00.75195KingstonOHL6243
18Milano, SonnyLW5/12/1996L5.11.5183USA Under-18NTDP2539
19Goldobin, NikolayRW10/7/1995L5.11.75178SarniaOHL6794

Nick Ritchie is going to get a lot of play in Leafland because he’s this draft’s “next Lucic,” while Jared McCann should also be the center (wink) of much discussion as he might the best natural pivot available if the Leafs remain in the eight spot and he’s also an Ontario boy.

Bob McKenzies Top 10 NHL Draft Prospects

Hump day links…

  • Great Dane

    It is about time that the Leafs draft skill and talent.
    When we draft players with a lot of talent like Rielly and Kadri it goes well. When we draft big and strong like Schenn and Biggs it is total disappointment.
    Actually don’t care who we draft as long as the talent and hockey IQ is off the charts.
    Then give Thommie Bergman more picks, he always finds a lot of good prospect for the Leafs.

  • leafdreamer

    There’s no place of birth column in this chart.  How are we supposed to know who’s a good Ontariah boy and who isn’t?

  • Great Dane

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/456227091877335040

    Looking forward to the Panthers hiring Carlyle as coach and him influencing Tallon to trade the 1st overall pick for Bozak
    This is really funny – I would force them to take Orr as well. LOL

  • Great Dane

    leafdreamer     ROFL 

    So we draft in this order:   Good Ontariah boys; size; Good Ontariah boys  then if any picks left talent and hockey IQ.

    I got it LOL

  • leafdreamer

    Great Dane  or you could say that we got JVR for Schenn and that Biggs was 20th pick or something while Rielly and Kadri were in the top 10.

  • Great Dane

    leafdreamer JVR for Schenn was unbelievable lucky or compensation for the Raycroft for Rask deal.
    We could have done a lot better than Biggs with that pick.

  • leafdreamer

    Great Dane  It actually wouldn’t be a bad idea for this team to get bigger – we’ve been getting pushed around again.  Schenn led the league in hits and he could fight.  He may yet emerge as a solid stay-at home defenseman.  He’s playing on a playoffs-bound team….

  • Great Dane

    leafdreamer   I don’t mind big players as long as they have talent. Lukic is the best example because he – and I hate to say it – is a very good hockey player.
    First you look at the talent and hockey IQ; then look at age; then take the bigger players.
    Not the other way round

  • leafdreamer

    Great Dane leafdreamer  sure man.. I just don’t think it’s fair to compare a 22nd overall to 7th.  Also, jury is still out on all these guys.  It’s not like the Leafs have a tradition of drafting big over skilled – it’s just the last two drafts and it’s not like there was a Crosby to be had anywhere around where they were picked.

  • Great Dane

    leafdreamer Great Dane  We could have drafted Booner Jenner, Saad, Niklas Jensen or Jurco.

    Even Josh Leivo – our own draft at 86 – has done better.