1) Dahlin (generational dman)
2) Boqvist (game breaker dman, elite QB, will take a couple years after draft to hone his craft)
3) and here's an update on Bouchard from the OHL side, not as 'dynamic' as the Swedes, but is a big solid RD who has a booming shot that hits the net, but is also a year older than some in the draft, + is already in his 3rd junior season. Needs to work on his skating and intensity for the big fella.
*of note* he was a youngster partner with Juolevi for a bit. ha
Evan Bouchard - Defense - London Knights
Total Votes: 18
High/Low Ranking: 2nd (14x)/6th(1x)
“He’s got a big-time shot and as his junior career has progressed, he has learned to use it more. Great poise with the puck and he may be the best passer in the entire draft class.” - Ryan Kennedy
“I can't get over how he is able to get so many shots through screens and on goal. Just improving each and every time I see him. Another well coached student of Dale Hunter - and it shows!” - Tony Ambrogio
“Bouchard just continues to plug along as one of the OHL’s top defencemen and one of the best blue liners in this draft. Bouchard is an incredibly smart passer who has an incredible knack to get pucks through a crowd and into the back of the net. His stock has been shooting up due to the consistency at which he is producing and carrying a London Knights team that sold off their top players at the deadline.” - Dylan Galloway
"The offensive production is no joke. His vision is off the charts good. His ability to find that seam and anticipate movement and holes from the point is elite. I think about a play I saw him make recently as a perfect example. On the powerplay, with about three sticks in the slot, he put a bullet pass on the stick of a teammate, cross ice, near the crease, who was circling around the net. The precision and timing that required was astounding. I do have some questions about his ability to defend and win battles consistently in the corners. But I have zero questions about his hockey sense." - Brock Otten
“The numbers are pretty stunning, even as a late birth date where you expect him to be a step ahead. Offensively, I think he's special. In talking with some scouts very recently, there is some moderate concern about his D-zone play. Still, the distribution skills, his shot, his vision, they're all high end.” - Anonymous
https://ohlprospects.blogspot.ca/2018/0 ... -2018.html
And some are saying Bode Wilde can be this drafts version of Chychrun, dude seems like a better skater than Bouchard and has a quick rocket of a shot, but he's going to harvard for a while so probably won't see him turn pro for a few years.
The more you dig into this draft the more deeper of prospects it has, ex: dahlin, boqvist, svechnikov, zadina, wahlstrom, tkachuk, bouchard, hughes, wilde, smith, veleno, Lunderstrom, dobson, hayton, kupari, Denisenko. Probably some good gems in the 2nd and 3rd rounds as well.
A good year to move a vet dman on the Canucks roster for at least a 1st.
A long time ago, a baseball player remarked: "If I owned a ballclub, I'd hire a $5,000 coach and a $15,000 scout."