1) Fillip Forsberg - a very skilled swedish power forward. socuts have said that he has the skill to one day maybe over take Yakupov as the best offensive talent in this years draft. However as of now he would not make the big team right away. the biggest reason is that he still needs to gain 15 - 20 more pounds to fill out his frame. thats not to mention that he has never played North American hockey before. However he is very decorated at the international level representing sweden at many different tournamnets. at the u-17 world tournament he won MVP.
2) Morgan Reilly - without a doubt the most offensively gifted defencemen in this years draft. has the abilty to one day quarterback a teams powerplay. he has drawn up a lot of similarties to erik karlson in style of play. great skater, good vision, good passing abiliy and good shot. on top of everything he is BC boy and has listed his favorite team as the Vancouver Canucks. however i really belive that the Islanders will take him over Reinheart at number 4.
3) Griffin Reinheart - this guys stock has been rising like crazy as of late. such a rocky steady defencemen and so realiable in his own end not to mention he has a huge boom for a shot that could be very useful on a powerplay. this guy is so good that he has the potential to over throw Murray as the best defencmen in this draft one day. he has scout drawing up a lot of comparisons between him and players like Shea Weber and Alex Elder. we absolutly could not go wrong taking this BC boy, who also listed his favorite team as the Vancouver Canucks. at 6'4'' and over 200 pounds this right handed defencmen has both the size and skill to make the NHL next year.
4) Mikhail Grigorenko - at 6'2'' 200 pounds this guy is a huge center with unbelievable talent. so much talent that he could be the best player out of this draft in a few years. this guy has drawn up comparrisons between him, malkin and spezza due to his abilities. however as unbelieavly talented as this guy is he has some major issues regarding his attitude and work ethic. people say hes lazy and uninspired at time but he did play with mono for some time and that could have drained his energy. either way i think this guy is a pretty safe bet. some people will say we dont nee anymore centers but maybe we need to take a look at a guy who can take Henriks spot on the top line a few years down the road and i doubt the canucks will get another lottery pick anytime soon so this may be a good opportunity to find a future number 1 center who can replce Hank on the top spot in 3 or 4 years.
My opinion - if the Canucks do get the 5th pick from TO i think its a choice between Forsberg and Reinheart. Gillis has shown that hes starting to lean towards players who have size and both these guys can be big, powerful players in the future. The Cauncks love to pick swedes but you cant argue with drafting elite hometown talent. Really hard decision but i think you gotta go with Reinheart in this spot, i think hes just too good to pass on. what do you guys think?
Edited by Southpop45, 31 May 2012 - 11:12 AM.