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  1. Kaliyev is the guy who's been said to phone it in at times.
  2. Alright, I'll be the 1 out of 10 crazy mofo who would take Newhook over Cozens. I think Cozens will probably be the better player over their early years, but once Newhook figures out the NHL I think he's got a decent chance of having the better career. It's a mix of how the league as a whole is trending, and the fact that he would fit in very nicely with the Canucks. We don't really have anyone other than Jake playing that style of super fast & finesse/skill. I see a bit of that from Gaud, he looks fast by the eye test, but I don't know what he actually clocks at. Should say though that Cozens is a bit of a blindspot for me, just because for so long it's been assumed he would be gone. I've seen some offensive highlights, can anyone speak to the defensive or physical side of the game for him? I know Newhook holds his own in that respect. edit - and in the time I took to type that, Brobidus comes in with exactly what I asked.
  3. Damn, this is so similar to how I've been feeling I may as well have written it. Still pretty much impossible to predict who will end up where specifically, but it seems (to me) that the 3 Tiers have separated a lot more cleanly recently: Tier 1: Hughes & Kakko Tier 2: Byram, Turcotte, Dach, Cozens, Zegras Tier 3: Boldy, Broberg, Soderstrom, Newhook, Krebs, Kaliyev Wildcards: Podkolzin, Caufield, Seider Thought about shoehorning a few more guys in there but in the interest of keeping it clean, that's 16 guys and we can choose from at least 7 of them. The good news is unlike recent years there's no one guy I want to stay away from. Kaliyev is probably the most 'meh' of the bunch for me and I could still get behind him. I hope we keep the pick unless there's a knock the socks off offer on a young bluechip defenseman.
  4. I know it's heresy to suggest anything other than BPA these days but I keep looking at the gaping hole at the 1st line LW spot and thinking we need to fill that sooner than later. It's quietly been our weakest position for well on a decade now but was always masked by the presence of Daniel Sedin. We can do another year, or two if necessary, of mid-20s reclamation projects there but we need someone coming up who can take that spot and run with it. I really really doubt that Lind or Gadjovich or whoever is gonna be that guy. The names I keep circling around: Boldy Krebs Newhook Kaliyev Kaliyev doesn't strike me so much as a Benning pick, but I'd be down with the other 3. Truth be told I've been getting PLD flashbacks with Newhook, like I'm afraid to focus on him too much for fear of other teams honing in on him. Of course by all means, if we get a repeat of last year where some of the top tier guys drop, stick with BPA. I'd be more than happy especially for Byram, Cozens or Turcotte, but otherwise I'm not against picking for position. Weighing BPA vs. Position has a lot to do with where you're at in your team building imo.
  5. After sifting through all those Benning and Linden quotes that came out today, I have to say it's kind of refreshing - for once it seems like everyone, not just the fans but the managers and the insiders, are completely in the dark about how the top ten is going to go down. This really is going to be a fun first round. Some of it is obv how interchangeable that group is, but I think having Montreal and Ottawa in the 3/4 slots are what's mucking things up the most. They've been duelling one another for biggest chit chow franchise all season and they're not gonna let things get dull on draft day. But anyhow my best guess how the Canucks list looks like based off JB's comments about goal scoring and speed (not just skating but general processing/gameplay ability): Zadina (should we be lucky enough he's there!) Hughes Wahlstrom ^just to stress that's not personal preference although I like all three, just my best guess at what they want, with either Dobson or Tkachuck as consolation prizes for whatever reasons, JB doesn't seem to have any interest in Boqvist or Bouchard, which is a shame cause I'm still pretty optimistic for Boq, but on the other hand it'll be a lot less stress over the next cpl years watching him develop -------------------------------------- and my final guess how it actually plays out Buffalo - Dahlin Carolina - Svech Montreal - Kotkaniemi Ottawa - Zadina Arizona - Tkachuck Detroit - Bouchard Vancouver - Hughes Chicago - Wahlstrom NYR - Boqvist Edmonton - Dobson
  6. Yeah I was also pretty fascinated to learn about the dyslexia and had some similar thoughts wondering if it translated to 'seeing the game' a unique way. fwiw his coach was asked about it after that came out a week or two back and he said it wasn't an issue from a coaching standpoint, although it did occasionally require creative ways of laying out set plays and systems. YES. And we should know this, we watched Luca Sbisa for, what was it, 3 seasons? He would occasionally get going and jump into the rush and look like the long lost 3rd Sedin. But what happened more often? He would have time and space while the other team made a line change and still manage to get caught flat footed, trip on the puck, do a backflip, get scored on and somehow injure his d-partner in the process. I'm not saying Bouchard is gonna be that level of tire fire because, well, again we all know, Sbisa is a special case, but just ... at 7th, we should be aiming higher. If MTL is really looking to take JK at 3, we are guaranteed to have at least one of Hughes Boqvist Zadina Tkachuck on the board, with Dobson or Wahlstrom as consolation prizes. True Game Breakers.
  7. Melnyk will just make whoever they draft in the 6th round legally change their name to Mr. Pink. "...but why can't I be Mr. Purple?" "You're not Mr. Purple, some guy on some other team is Mr. Purple, you're Mr. Pink, got it?"
  8. oh hell ya, my ideal scenario since the lottery has been JB making the final decision between Hughes and Boqvist! pretty plz
  9. I have a theory that Edmonton is the real reason behind the Hanifin rumours: Carolina was originally expecting to draft, what, 9th or 10th? So they would have been scouting around that level - low top tier / high 2nd tier. The 2nd fell into their lap and they were like, cool we'll take Svech, but they had also honed in on a few guys below and called around to everyone from Detroit down to the Islanders. I think Carolina (whoever's in charge over there, I don't know any more) were the ones leaking rumours to Friedman in order to pressure Chia. Just a couple days later there was also a vague rumour that Detroit was thinking of trading the 6th. They might be pushing hard for Pool Party to join Aho. But from the Oilers perspective it kinda makes sense. Instead of getting someone like Bouchard or Smith, they get a guy much more guaranteed to be NHL calibre, same age as Mcdavid, drafted just four spots below him. here's an Edmonton Sun article from a month ago that goes into a bit of this speculation, but warning annoying auto play video http://edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/edmonton-oilers-trading-their-first-round-pick-quite-possible-this-year
  10. Well I'm bored, chairman of the bored, and the combine came and went without JB tipping his hand, so I think I'm gonna go ahead and do my own mock top ten and bow out. Sit and wait for the draft and see how I did. Tbh I've just gotten stuck on a loop through the 5 guys I expect we'll partially choose from (Dobson, Hughes, Boqvist, Tkachuck, Wahlstrom) and it's gotten a little repetitive. Also this is a personal preference style mock, more what I hope will happen vs. what will. 1. Buffalo Sabres - Rasmus Dahlin - reasons. 2. Carolina Hurricanes - Andrei Svechnikov - reasons. 3. New York Islanders - Filip Zadina - sticking with my half-mad/half-heyitkindamakesalottasense trade idea from last week - Isles trade their 11+12 (and probably something else but I'm not a proposals guy so I don't know... Ho Sang maybe?) and get JT a top shelf winger to convince him to stick around. 4. Ottawa Senators - Brady Tkachuck - no 1st rounder next year means they don't have the usual luxury of going strictly bpa, he can step in next year, also conveniently I'd like to see him gone before we pick so I don't have to hear 'shoulda drafted Tkachuck' any more than I already do. 5. Arizona Coyotes - Oliver Wahlstrom - this one just feels right, but they do need to get Keller a big pf partner in crime. 6. Detroit Red Wings - Quinn Hughes - again, just has that feeling of meant to be. 7. Vancouver Canucks - Adam Boqvist - in what turns out to be the most memorable/viral moment of the day, JB recreates the draftfloor Benningface when he sees who he's getting - this time the camera pans back to reveal what he's looking at - it's the Sedins! in sharkskin suits and sunglasses, holding an open glowing suitcase - later, in a state of blackout revelation, John & John recreate the Jack Rabbit Slim's World Famous Twist Contest - the Boqstar has arrived. 8. Chicago Blackhawks - Jesperi Kotkaniemi - who knows, but I still really like Dobson and would prefer he didn't go to a team I dislike where he'll do regular damage to us. 9. New York Rangers - Noah Dobson - sure, why not. 10. Edmonton Oilers - Evan Bouchard - goes on to be a nothing spectacular but solid, purely offensive PP specialist RHD man in Edmonton, which - ahh crap that's exactly what they need. Bonus round - what do the Habs do with the 11th&12th? Veleno, after spending several years in a failed experiment to convert to a winger, tops out as Malhotra style 4th liner faceoff specialist C. Merkley busts, harddddd. Tabernak.
  11. That's an interesting one. As much as I would usually handwave away trading down scenarios, Montreal flipping it straight up for NYI's 11&12 kinda makes a lot of sense. Isles get an instant top line winger to convince JT to stay. Habs get their pick of centers, can either double up or go for a C+D combo. Works really well on both sides. Doesn't really affect the Canucks either way, but still, werrrry interesting.
  12. It was in The Athletic's mock draft at the end of April. It's paywalled but there's an excerpt here https://news.hockeyfeed.com/nhl-news/rumor-red-wings-will-select-one-of-these-three-players-at-the-draft ...Although I'm not sure I completely buy it, and I wonder if it's some GM poker face bluffing going on trying to trade up/down, like JB did with Glass last year. And actually, as someone who's been a little high on Dobson - the more I've dwelled on it the less him & Bouchard feel right. Like, they just don't strike me as Benning first rounder types. I think, given that top 3 is kinda set, and a C is still a bit of a longshot, he's most likely honed in on the separate tier of 4 guys - the two big rugged wingers in Tchuck n Wahlly, and the two crafty speedster D in Hughesy n Boqs. Given the simple math that one of them is guaranteed to be there, I think that's our guy. Except of course if two of them are still around, but them's first world problems.
  13. I see the same thing I've seen in past years draft threads - people picking one guy, doubling down and batting away any criticism. There's a lot of good options so just relax and wait for the combine to really settle some dust. So many great prospects. For now I'm setting my tent up in Camp Dobson. The actual draft is far enough away that I can do a tour of the other camps and still wind up back here come draft day, so why not. Dobbie's most common comparisons, at least ceiling-wise, seem to be Suter and Pietrangelo, but if we want a closer to home idea, he looks like Tanev combined with the best attributes of, say, Hutton and Pouliot. Big frame, natural athleticism, booming, accurate shot. So, y'know, if anyone does Canucks fan should know - don't sleep on a Tan Man. Seriously don't sleep on him, his teeth are all f'ed up and he's really stoned.
  14. Did this get linked yet? Kuzma interviewing Benning in the lead up to the lottery. http://theprovince.com/sports/hockey/nhl/vancouver-canucks/ben-kuzma-a-bevy-of-blueliners-may-await-canucks-in-nhl-draft-lottery I've been waiting for JB to tip his hand like he's done previous years and I think this is it. There's this quote Followed by profiles of 5 players. They seem to expect that Dahlin, Svech, Zadina, Tkachuk as t4 is set in stone. I think these are the guys they're focused on if we land 6-9 - Bouchard, Boqvist, Dobson, Hughes, Wahlstrom. (not exactly earth shattering news as the rankings have started to solidify, but still a little window into how the suits are coming at it - fwiw I have my money on #2)
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