- 04/22/2012, 08:02PM ET
Hockey_Fan19 said 04/22, 08:02 PM
The top 5 picks will be:
1. EDM - Nail Yakupov
With the Oilers already having a wealth of offensive weapons, such as RNH, Taylor Hall, and Jordan Eberle, Edmonton might be looking to add a young blueliner. However, they don't really have a choice here, they can't pass up on a talent like Yakupov.
2. CBJ - Ryan Murray
After losing the draft lottery and missing out on Yakupov, the Jackets have to settle for the best d-man in the draft and take Murray.
3. MTL - Mikhail Grigorenko
In Grigorenko, Montreal is adding a potential franchise player to their lineup, or at the very least, some offensive punch up front.
4. NYI - Filip Forsberg
Forsberg is a bit of an unknown, but he has huge upside and could be a home run pick for the Islanders in the 4 slot.
5. TOR - Alex Galchenyuk
The Leafs get the big, offensively-gifted centre that they desperately need and Galchenyuk could be one of the steals of this draft.
Let me know who you think the top 5 picks will be!
Save_Me_Jebus: Hello Mr. Luck said 04/23, 01:28 PM
1- EDM: Nail Yakupov
Agreed, the Oilers will be the only team with 12 All-Star forwards and 6 ECHL players on defense and 1 AHL goalie.
2- CBJ: Mikhail Grigorenko
With Rick Nash likely being traded after what happened at the NHL trade deadline, the Jackets will look to improve their offense. Although, considered somewhat 'lazy' by scouts, Grigorenko has drawn comparisons to Evgeni Malkin, the Jackets need a star to build around more than anyone right now.
3- MTL: Alex Galchenyuk
Unfortunately, for Leafs fan the Habe need a big, offensively gifted centre as well.
4- NYI: Ryan Murray
9 of the Isles last 10 first round picks have been used on forwards. This is the year, they address their biggest need. Defense. The offense is not the problem on the island.
5- TOR: Radek Faksa
A bit off the board and a slight reach, but he is the next best Centre available behind Grigorenko and Galchenyuk. Faksa is also, big at 6'2, 185lbs and is a very dependable 2 way player, often compared to Mikko Koivu.
If Leafs got Galchenyuk, I would definitely drop a load in my own pants and scream like a liitle girl.
Your turn, Hockey_Fan
Hockey_Fan19 said 04/24, 01:04 AM
Okay, since we agreed on Yakupov at #1, I will argue the following points.
#2. CBJ - Murray vs Grigorenko
Ryan Murray is by far the best defenseman available on the board, as he has drawn comparisons to the great Scott Niedermayer. Columbus could use help at ANY position, and that's why I think they must take the BEST available player, which would be Murray.
#3. MTL - Grigorenko vs Galchenyuk
Grigorenko will get picked up by Montreal, as they need goal scoring and size up the middle. Grigorenko is a higher ranked prospect than Galchenyuk and Montreal would surely take Grigorenko if he was still on the board.
#4. NYI - Forsberg vs Murray
I agree that the Islanders could use a young defenseman, however it would be a reach to take one in the number 4 slot. That leaves them with taking the best available player, Forsberg.
#5. TOR - Galchenyuk vs Faksa
Faksa would be more than just a slight reach at number 5. I think there would be other guys the Leafs would consider before him. However, if Galchenyuk falls into the Leafs lap in this postion, there's no way they pass up on him.
Save_Me_Jebus: Hello Mr. Luck said 04/24, 01:20 PM
Hold on, I am not sure I understand you. In your comparison at the #2 spot, you say that Murray is by far the best defenseman available, but then say the Islanders drafting a defenseman would be a reach. How so? The defenseman they are drafting, is the best available, right.
The Jackets, surprisingly enough, already have a fairly good defense in place with Jack Johnson, Marc Methot, James Wisniewski, and Radek Martinek. The goaltending is/was brutal, but no goalie will be picked #2 overall this year. So, Mikhail Grigorenko will be the pick.
Your right, the Habs need goal scoring up front and the need size up front. The only problem with what your saying is that Grigorenko will already be in a Blue Jackets jersey by then. So, the Habs will get their big, offensively talented centre, but it's Alex Galchenyuk who will be picked #3 overall.
The Islanders are the Islanders, and no one would be surprised if Garth Snow drafted Malcolm Subban here. However, this is the year that with so many defensive prospects available(Murray, Dumba, Trouba, Reinhart, etc.) the Isles take one at the 4 spot.
Will argue Leafs last, they need a full 1200 characters..
Hockey_Fan19 said 04/24, 05:52 PM
I meant, assuming Murray is gone at number 2, there aren't any other defenseman that you could take in the number 4 slot. It would be a reach to take Dumba, Trouba or Reinhart. Murray is the only one worthy of a top 5 selection, in my opinion, and he'll be picked by the Jackets at 2.
I guess in the end, it all depends on what the Jackets do. If they take Murray, that leaves Grigorenko for Montreal. But if they don't take Murray, and select Grigorenko like you say, then Galchenyuk will likely be picked by Montreal.
I strongly believe that the Jackets could use help EVERYWHERE and that's why they should take the best player available, regardless of position, which would be Ryan Murray. Yes, they could use scoring but it's not like they have any stud defenseman outside of Jack Johnson. Murray makes sense here.
And like you said, the Islanders are a bit of a wild card, which is why I could see them taking Filip Forsberg who's potential is through the roof but is a bit of a raw, unpolished prospect.
Thanks for the TD, I look forward to seeing how the draft unfolds.
Save_Me_Jebus: Hello Mr. Luck said 04/25, 07:14 AM
It's true, the Blue Jackets could use help everywhere, but the biggest issue right now is offense. That is why they draft Grigorenko.
Losing Jeff Carter hurts them and if they do trade Rick Nash, who will provide the offense? RJ Umberger or Letestu? No. It won't, cause they suck.
Islanders are a wildcard, but they are not dumb enough to pass on Murray at #4.
As for the Leafs; In his end of season press conference, Burke mentioned a million and one things wrong with the Leafs and if Galchenyuk is available you take him, but, he won't be. Burke said, they need size up front(insert Faksa, here). Faksa is arguably the 3rd best centre in the draft(Gaunce is good too), Burke knows they desperately need a #1 Centre. It's a great fit here. Faksa has offensive skill and is a very good 2 way player. The kid, hasn't played an NHL game yet, but he is already their best player. The Leafs won't be able to draft veteran help for Reimer in goal, or draft someone who can teach Phaneuf that a net is 4x6. No these issues have to be addressed via free-agency and/or trade.
A #1 Centre won't be available via FA/trade. Please don't trade the pick Burke please. I'm begging you man.
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