Hockey Widow wrote:Word out there is that Edmonton was set to pick Juolevi at 4 but Columbus crossed them up. So if Columbus had stuck to the script we would have had Dubois and Taychook would still have fallen to the Flames.
Dubois showing during a half a season playing centre and his pre draft interviews were what convinced Columbus to go for him. They have an organization need for a centre and other GMs saying they weren't surprised since they didn't need D.
The more I think about Dubois going to Columbus, the more I see how they saw him as an eventual replacement for Ryan Johanssen. I can imagine Torts loving this kid.
Hockey Widow wrote:Several GMs now stating they had Juolevi slotted as the 3rd over all. We're surprised he dropped to 5th.
What surprises me more about that statement is how far Puljujarvi fell in relation to the rest if Juolevi was 3rd overall in their eyes, and then to have Dubois taken ahead of him. I'd heard of whispers among scouts about Puljujarvi's hockey IQ, but I wonder what else worked against him relative to the others?
Kind of makes you wonder why Edmonton didn't pick Juolevi, but then again it may be a case of varying organizations having significantly different draft orders. Either way, Edmonton gets another beefy forward with skill which doesn't bode well for the rest of the division. Regardless, I'd rather Edmonton had picked Juolevi so we could see the kid get caved in by the likes of whoever the Canucks would draft between Puljujarvi or Tkachuk than vice versa. Spilled milk in the end and it is what it is when Benning has to choose from among what is left.
We'll see how Benning makes lemonade out of this but you can't help but wonder if he couldn't have got more overall value out of that pick by trading down. Yeah, Juolevi may well have been the best defenceman available but nobody would call him a potential NHL stud defenceman. How much sense, then, does it make to use (hopefully) his highest pick in one of the deeper drafts over the next couple years on a player who will almost certainly never be uttered in the same sentence as 'Norris Trophy'?
Hockey Widow wrote:Knocks on Taychook:
Lack of a 200' game
hockey IQ as compared to others selected ahead of him
Even MT admitted he needed to work on his skating. The 200' game thing seems odd because the scouting reports noted that he played hard at both ends. Maybe a matter of IQ not meeting effort. As for hockey IQ, maybe scouts saw him as the beneficiary of two super linemates than vice versa. I dunno, but sounds like teachable stuff but maybe Benning prizes brains over brawn (then why pick Virtanen?)
Hockey Widow wrote:I don't have much in the way of expectations for Saturday. But Benning has plucked a gem or two n later rounds. Maybe he gets lucky tomorrow.
We'll see what he can do in the 3rd round and after. What are the odds Cliffy's son gets called by Benning and Co.?
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