The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by SKYO » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:40 am

Cool vid of Rasmus in this article -

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/ ... us-dahlin/

He'd complete the 'rebuild' so to speak if he were to don the Canucks uniform in the future, a man can dream.
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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by RoyalDude » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:42 am

Dahlin is the real deal, it's him then the rest.
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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by Blob Mckenzie » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:57 am

RoyalDude wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:42 am
Dahlin is the real deal, it's him then the rest.
He’s awesome. A franchise defenceman could really kickstart this team. We saw what Karlsson did with a bunch of scrubs in Ottawa. Hedman might be the best d man in the world.,This kid is supposed to be as good as either of those guys or OEL.

Dahlin is the clear number 1 but it’s a pretty damn good top 5 despite some people’s insistence that it’s a poor draft. Bovquist, Svechnikov, Zadina and Tkachuk all project as great picks
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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by RoyalDude » Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:04 pm

Yeah the top 5 looks pretty set, I'd be happy with any of the 5. If we don't get lucky in the lottery and are drafting outside of the top 5, it gets real dodgy judging Best Player available.
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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by SKYO » Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:44 am

If you fall out of the top 5 I'd heavily look at Bode Wilde, I know Noah Dobson been rising lately, but Wilde looks like the real deal.




Seeing as this team is free falling might as well think about 2nd overall - Svechnikov - got damn!

He and Goldobin behind Horvat - Boeser would be god sent, but we already have Dahlen - Pettersson.

Team really, truly needs that game breaking dman QB, their own version of Letang, Keith, Doughty - the former top tier dmen WINNERS of the Stanley Cup, they took their level of play to another level post season.


Every outsider is like: OK you got some decent forwards on the come up, but whose going to score on defense???
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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by RoyalDude » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:29 am

I haven't been that impressed with Svechnikov. Will he be a terribly slow developer like his bro in Detroit. See the Stromes
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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by RoyalDude » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:40 am

Get over it Ohyo, Buffalo and Arizona are on a decade long tank with no end in sight and Montresl and Ottawa have the two worst GMs in sight, we were hit with the injury bug to too many key players when they come back we will get on track. I predict will be picking between 9th and 14th. We just gotta hope that moron Chiarelli doesn't make any more of his patented stupid trades, we don't want to see Dahlin in Edmonton
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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by SKYO » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:13 pm

Looking beyond Dahlin and Svechy - right shot - Adam Boqvist is an elite QB worth keeping tabs on.

https://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2018/ ... am-boqvist
Boqvist is your prototypical Swedish defenseman in every way, shape, and form. A brilliant skater with high-end agility in all four directions, Boqvist makes great use of his agility when maneuvering around with and without the puck on his stick. Boqvist’s edgework is very good, and he can change directions and cut laterally to open up the ice for himself. He has a very powerful first step, and can accelerate quickly to get to top speeds, allowing him to rush the puck up ice and avoid forecheckers.

The offensive zone is where Boqvist is truly in his element. He has puck skills that will bring you out of your seat, and can juke, dangle, and weave around the offensive zone with the puck as good as any defenseman in this draft class not named Rasmus Dahlin.

What I like in particular about Boqvist is that while his skill is obvious every single time he touches the puck, he keeps his game simple, efficient, and avoids trying to make fancy, low percentage passes more often than not. His skating abilities allow him to stretch the ice out very quickly, and to add to that, he possesses a great first pass out of the defensive zone to start the transition. He is very dependable on the cycle game, able to distribute the puck quickly and very cleanly to his teammates. He is very effective on the point, and he’s very good at keeping the play alive in the offensive zone. Boqvist’s shot is heavy and very accurate. Rather than fire it from the point, he will often carry the puck deeper into the offensive zone where his wrist shot is a lot more dangerous. That being said, he will still not hesitate to shoot it from the point, and when he does, he’s very good at getting the puck on net through heavy traffic.

His offensive skill is downright gamebreaking, and he can be difficult to contain when the pace of the game is fast. These assets could make him a team’s go-to offensive option on the back end in the NHL one day.
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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by Hockey Widow » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:59 pm

Conor Timmins, RHD, has been getting a lot of praise as defensively responsible. Average point getter but a Hamhuis/Tanev type.
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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by SKYO » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:09 pm

Hockey Widow wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:59 pm
Conor Timmins, RHD, has been getting a lot of praise as defensively responsible. Average point getter but a Hamhuis/Tanev type.
Yeah the Avs' got a good one there in the 2017 2nd round.

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2018 draft is the year of the defensemen! If you ever wanted a solid dman to draft - this is the year for it, trick is picking the right one ha.

I see the top 10 being something like:

D - Dahlin
Svechnikov
D - Boqvist
Zadina (next Voracek?Hossa?)
Tkachuk
D - Hughes
Kupari
Wahlstrom
D - Smith
D - Wilde
D - Dobson

Other notable dmen in the 1st round:

Merkley
McIsaac
Addison
Bouchard
Miller
Woo
Alexeyev
Ginning
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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by Uncle dans leg » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:51 pm

Watching this kid Petersson dazzling but built like wing night at the cat and the fiddle makes me realize hes going to need a kick ass wingman with some size and skill...Brady Kachuk. Hes gonna be a damn good winger in the NHL i reckon

Draft him and watch those 2 be a very good top line option down the road with Boeser as the triggerman

That is of course if we're out of the Dahlin sweepstakes
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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by RoyalDude » Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:50 pm

Have not been impressed with Hughes, with his puny size he has to be lights out, very underwhelming. I think hes been benched in the Swedish game, he's a bit sloppy with his high risk plays.
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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by Uncle dans leg » Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:55 pm

RoyalDude wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:50 pm
Have not been impressed with Hughes, with his puny size he has to be lights out, very underwhelming. I think hes been benched in the Swedish game, he's a bit sloppy with his high risk plays.
I agree there. His ceiling is where stretcher is right now :lol:

The other draft eligible swede boquist or whatever would be a good one although the real carrot is obviously Dahlin. Hes unreal
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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by theman » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:24 pm

If Dahlin is gone, I want us to take Tkachuk.

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Re: The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Post by RoyalDude » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:32 pm

Any of these 5

Dahlin Tkachuk Zadina Svechnikov Boqvist
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