I didn't realize that you're an expert hockey analyst and professional scout. I guess Bob McKenzie, Craig Button and all the top scouts must be wrong because they all list Nail Yakupov as consensus number one rank for the upcoming draft. Please share with us your credentials so that we can bow down before you and raise you up on a pedestal.
Played Junior and Senior AAA hockey, co-owned a junior franchise, Head coach at junior level, assistant GM at junior level, acted as agent for a young goalie (got him a contract in Italy's second division...playing against players like Jari Kurri)...okay your turn. Anyways, all I'm saying is that somebody has to go #1 in the draft...does that mean he's as good as other #1 picks...no. And this year is a weak draft. Again, the hockey experts are only stating who the top picks will be, I don't believe any of them are sticking their collective necks out too far by predicting what this kid will be or what he'll do. I like the fact that he came over here and played a couple of years of junior, but if I personally have to make a prediction about this kid it's this:
Year 1: stuck on 2nd line in AHL
Year 2: plays part of year in AHL after being sent down, bolts to KHL for more money and we never hear of him again.
Remember when we all thought Shirokov was the second coming of Bure? Where's he now?
The whole thread (and many, many other threads about this kid) was about trade possibilities, and again my (semi-expert) opinion is...don't over-pay for this relatively unknown (who knows how he'll pan out). I wouldn't trade Cory for him and I definitely wouldn't trade Lu or Edler (as someone suggested above) for him. If we made a move for him, I'd package up a deal so that we have some compensation in case he bolts to KHL (ie/ Raymond and Ballard for 1st and Petry or Teubert)...just covers our butts. If Edmonton doesn't want a deal like that, then just walk away, we're better off staying put than risking valuable assets.
Edited by ABNuck, 18 April 2012 - 01:18 PM.