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QOTD 6/27/09 Post-Draft Thoughts

Posted on: June 27, 2009 11:48 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2009 11:53 pm
What do you think of the draft?  Who won?  Who lost?  Which are  your thoughts on your teams draft? The draft got done earlier today, and there were a lot of picks that had to be made (Tavares, Hedman, Duchene ) and there were the questionable picks (Ulf's kid).  I will be the first to say that after the big 3, I know basically nothing about the players that were drafted.  I may know a name here and there, but not much so I can't really pick a winner or loser.

After looking over some scouting reports of the Penguins draft, there are some picks I am still unsure about.  The main one is our first round draft pick Simon Despres, but I am still not sold on us taking him.  Yeah he was ranked #18 and we picked him at #30, but from everything I have read it seems to remind me of former Penguins defensman Ryan Whitney.  He has offensive potential and has a big body but refuses to be physical.  I hope he turns out better, but I have my doubts.  I was hoping for them to draft Landon Ferraro, who I think is gonna be stud in a few years.  Its to bad the Red Wings drafted him.

The other Penguins pick that left me puzzled is Philip Samuelsson in the second round.  Most experts didn't have him going until around the 4th round, and its not like he is gonna like his father.  He sort of reminds me of Hal Gill.  He is a big body, not the best skater but is good with positioning, and not big on offense but can bring a heavy shot because of his size.  A lot of better options available at the time.

One pick I really love is 3rd rounder Ben Hanowski.  He was a stud last year in high school scoring 135 points in only 31 games, which is over 4 points per game.  His competition was probably horrible, but if you are playing at the high school level and score 3.5 points per game over 4 years, you got some talent.  I guess we will see how he does in college, but this is really a low risk pick that could have a huge reward.

How about your teams draft?  And what teams do you think won and lost in this years draft?

Also, sorry for the lack of QOTD's the past few days.  I've been busy and there hasn't been much to talk about.  Remember to leave your suggestions for new topics in the QOTD thread on the hockey board.  Over the next few days, the questions will be all about free agency.


Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2009 6:03 pm

QOTD 6/27/09 Post-Draft Thoughts

The Ducks definitely had a good draft. They unloaded Pronger and got two capable players in Sbisa and Lupul. They got early draft picks and didn't waste them on players they didn't need.

There wasn't really any big surprise in the draft, and I personally think the Islanders had a great draft. Something that was very telling was their picking of 2 goaltenders. Could this signal the end of their patience with Rick DiPietro? I think they've gotten tired of his injury issues. He might have one more shot, but everyone knows you can't compete without goaltending. I think the Isles are adding depth there because they doubt DiPietro will be there much longer. I don't blame them either. He seems to have a knack for getting hurt. He had promise. If you're an Islanders fan, you gotta hope this years #1 pick (Tavares) doesn't turn out like your last #1 (DiPietro).

The Rangers disappointed me, but I didn't really expect too much. They added forward depth, showing that they're probably bringing up players from Hartford this season. That's a good sign, but I won't be happy until they cut ties with Redden, Gomez, and/or Drury. Nobody wastes money like New York sports teams

Side Note: I got very bored with the Vinny to Montreal rumors. They always fall through. I still think he'll end up in Tampa Bay again at the start of the season. A whole lot of talk over something that probably won't even happen

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2009 12:00 am

QOTD 6/27/09 Post-Draft Thoughts

I say the Anaheim Ducks were big winners during the draft this year.

They traded for 2 starters(Lupul and Sbisa), and 2 1st rd picks, and they ended up with 3 of the first 37 picks. They were able to add depth to their minors with a C, RW, and D. Not only that, they were able to dump Pronger's contract(even though he's a FA after next year.)

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