SKYO wrote:Be nice to draft a sleeper top dman like Fleury or Honka seeing as we all of a sudden got a some forward prospect depth.
I know you're on HFBoards so you've probably seen people bandy about the difficulty of scouting for high end ability (that is likely to actually pan out) among defenders, which is a big part of why there is such a stark difference in the draft positions of the players at each position who end up turning into top players..
Draft position of the top 10 vote getters for the Norris Trophy this past season: 43, 7, 62, 75, 56, 54, 6, 49, 2, 29. Draft position of the top 10 (forward) vote getters for the Hart, same season: 1, 1, 1, 3, 1, 19, 1, NA, 171, 3.
Or look at our own team, compare the top six defensemen (12, NA, 151, NA, NA, 91) with our top six forwards (2, 3, 23, 14, 178, 13).
We've already got Corrado and Hutton looking pretty promising (both fifth round picks I might add) and we've been pretty good and pulling defensemen from free agency (half our top six) so I really don't agree that there's a strong need to take a blueliner ten spots above where they're ranked.
Unless there's a situation like Cam Fowler in 2010 where you've got a bona fide top five talent freefalling in the draft, I'd much rather continue to build the forward group (and really in this draft and given where we'll likely pick that'd be Ekblad). This draft seems like a good opportunity to add either a sizeable winger with pretty good scoring ability, or a top end talent like Nylander or Ehlers.. given the way the 4-15ish rankings seem to bounce around I hope there is a good shot that the Canucks can nab a real talented player who drops.