Yeah beautiful post, thanx heaps!
Wish Sauve was higher on the list, he is the most physically capable to play in the NHL of any of our prospects. I wonder, would love Deniro or Dasein's opinion on this; should be looking drafting more to physical attributes after the 2knd round?
It seems to me there is an asterisk attached to almost all our prospects. Hodgson too slow, Schroeder too small, Connauton weak defensively, McNally too young, but each had a compelling talent. Players like Lucic slip a little below the radar on talent at a draft, then dominate physically... Players like Malhotra have come back to be serviceable players based on size & athleticism, Burrows and Hansen made it in the first place aginst expectation. When the Oiler's made the finals they were full of big, fast young players nobody had heard of. The point, they were drafting athletic ability and crating lines that could both beat you up in the corners & beat you to the puck. Are we missing opportunity by not prioritizing athletic ability?
edit, and funny thing > is that not exactly a corner turned with Kassian? Will it reflect more in our drafting???
Always take the best player available at the position that you are weakest at IMO. Drafting based on a players physical attributes is bound to make us miss out on some good players.
Big players usually have deficiencies in their games too, like skating ability or work ethic. Because big players that dont have many deficiencies in their games typically go top 10 because theyre the mosted coveted type of player.
I think the number one thing that Gillis looks for when he drafts is hockey smarts. Basically what kind of hockey vision a player has and how well he anticipates the game.
I think his philosophy is that all other aspects of the game can be improved through training. If a player is too slow, get them to work on their foot speed. If theyre not strong, make them hit the gym. And if they can#t stick handle, get them to work with a skills coach.
Hockey IQ on the other hand is something that comes more naturally, and players that have it at the highest level typically can adapt and excel much easier. I think thats one of the common themes with players that Gillis targets. Thats why you see him draft alot of college players, because the belief is that the ability and desire to learn in one area such as school should translate over to the game of hockey.