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  1. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    He's too old, can't play in the World Juniors next year (he turns 20 in November).
  2. Michael DiPietro | G

    Shiny new toy syndrome. I love DiPietro's compete level. His experience at the WC this year, getting to practice with players of that caliber, I'm sure will drive him to get even better. I'd say he's definitely the frontrunner for the #1 goalie at next years WJC and if he does earn it this thread will probably explode.
  3. Quinn Hughes | D

    Unless Hughes decides to not go to college next season he won't be playing in it. College classes will have already started.
  4. Jett Woo | D

    This was one of the players I really wanted at the begging of the year, though I have to admit that was just because of his name Excited to see how he progresses!
  5. 37th overall

    Even though he's another LHD, I'm hoping the Canucks pick Jared McIsaac. Lots of good players still on the board though and a number I would be very happy with.
  6. Quinn Hughes | D

    He said he was fatigued after the World Championships, only flew back to North America a few days before it. It's not that uncommon for prospects to skip the testing portion of the combine if they play in the Memorial Cup or another tournament that runs late in the season. I was still hoping to see him participate though.
  7. Quinn Hughes | D

    Of the four defensemen he was the one I went back and forth on the most. He's probably the most exciting player we could have picked and I'm excited to follow him more closely next year! He is on the short side, but at ~175lbs he's not that skinny for 5'10". I was hoping he would participate in the combine because I have a feeling he's quite strong for his size. Being that he's one of the older players in this draft year I'm not sure he'll grow anymore, but I can see him eventually playing at around Biega's weight (195lbs) and Biega certainly isn't afraid of the physical side of the game. Here's to hoping we picked the best one of the four defensemen!
  8. [GDT] 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    Ya, kind of odd they didn't. With Svechnikov listed first and Zadina third, it definitely appears like it could be their list. I'm going to try not to read into it though.
  9. Jonathan Dahlén | C/LW

    I don't know about his chances of making the team, but yes a year in the AHL would still be beneficial. The league he dominated is the 2nd tier pro league in Sweden and the AHL, being roughly on par with the 1st tier league in Sweden according to most, is a step up from it. It's not a massive step like going from Junior to the AHL but it's still a tougher league and there are things he could learn there.
  10. Concussion Lawsuit and Player's Tribune Article

    Really powerful piece, very well written. As someone who recently got a degree in neuroscience, and as such have been building my knowledge of concussions and CTE and their impact, I have become more and more ashamed of how the NFL and NHL have dealt with it. Things need to change, but first the NHL needs to acknowledge the problem. It took a large lawsuit for the NFL to start waking up (though they still somewhat turn a blind eye), and hopefully this current lawsuit starts doing the same for the NHL. I also want to clarify for people who haven't had as much of an opportunity to learn about concussions and CTE what they are and how the differ. Your brain floats inside your skull surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid which acts as a buffer so your brain doesn't collide with your skull. However, if there is a sudden rapid change in momentum it is still possible for your brain to hit your skull. A concussion is the act of your brain hitting your skull. CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, is the result of many sub-concussive hits. You do not need to have ever had a concussion to get CTE. A sub-concussive hit is similar to a concussion however your brain does not make connect with your skull. Instead, the shift in momentum just causes the brain to move and stretch then move back into place. You can think of it like a rubber band. If you keep stretching and releasing a rubber band it slowly becomes weaker and eventually it will snap. The pathology for someone with CTE looks very similar to someone with severe Alzheimer's. This is why even little head shots or even hits where the head is never contacted can still pose a large risk in the long term. No one wants to see hockey turned into a pacifist sport but there are changes (both in gameplay and in managing brain health) that can and need to be made, many of which have already been stated by other posters.
  11. Caps repeat?

    This has been bothering me for years... but at least there's usually enough context to figure out if they actually mean "re-sign" so I just decided it was a battle not worth fighting.
  12. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    One man does not a team make, but if you have to know McDavid won a U18 WJC gold medal, a U20 WJC gold medal, and a WC gold medal. I'm excited for EP but our fan base has the tendency to overhype a prospect then crap all over them if they don't meet the ridiculous expectations (see Cole Cassels and even Jake Virtanen as recent examples). I would not be surprised if EP gets 60+ points next year, but that shouldn't be the expectation.
  13. 7th Overall: 2018 CDC Draft Consensus

    The amount of comparables between Boqvist's and Karlsson's draft years is almost eerie. Both are Swedish. Both considered offensive puck-moving defensive with excellent hockey sense who are great skaters but a little weak in the defensive zone. Both considered on the smaller side and are almost the exact same size (as you pointed out). Both lit up the Swedish J20 league at ~ppg (24 pts in 25 games for Boqvist and 37 pts in 38 games for Karlsson). Both struggled a little when playing against men in the SHL (1 pt in 15 games for Boqvist and 1 pt in 7 games for Karlsson) Neither played in the U20 WJC. Both were named U18 WJC Best Defenseman and put up ~ppg in the tournament (6 pts in 6 games for Boqvist and 7 pts in 6 games for Karlsson). Now I'm not saying Boqvist will become Karlsson (Karlsson obviously has become an incredible but there's a reason he was drafted 15th overall, not 1st), but it is fun seeing just how similar their draft years are.
  14. 7th Overall: 2018 CDC Draft Consensus

    Just taking a guess, but based on physical maturity I would say Bouchard could potentially crack the roster next year. Hughes will probably play another year in college. Dobson is tall but pretty skinny still so would probably be told to fill out a little bit more. Boqvist is probably the most raw (small/skinny and weakest defensive game at the moment of the four from everything I've read) and could take a couple years. I would also probably put them in that order for NHL readiness. But this is just me spitballing, I haven't watched any of them enough to make a well educated statement.
  15. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    Well he certainly says the right things. I wish we were privy to the interviews, I'm sure they would be fascinating. Defense was my concern when watching him at the WJC but it seems he understands that is what he needs to work on (I haven't seen him in many other games so I don't know if his defending was better playing in university games or at the WC).