05 Draft Needs and Wants...

Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by thestonedkoala, May 25, 2005.

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  1. thestonedkoala

    thestonedkoala Everyone! PANIC!

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    What does your team need? Who do you think they are going to pick? Who do they want them to pick (make them realistic!)...

    I hope Minnesota takes a top 6 forward/winger. They have little depth after Voloshenko and Irmen.

    I want to them to pick Jack Skille or Nicklas Bergfors but realistically they might take a surprise pick or Rask if he is there...

    They need a goaltender but not as much as another top 6 winger.
     
  2. salty justice

    salty justice Registered User

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    Chicago needs a superstar goal scorer more than anything :yo:
     
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    Habs always say they choose the best player available no matter what positon, and as much as I'd like to see them draft Alex Bourret the Habs could really use a good D prospect, there already in a good position when it comes to forwards.
     
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    Wings need a goal-scorer with size and if possible speed as well.
     
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    Penguins need a scoring winger, or two or three.
     
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    Toronto needs one thing and his name is Anze Kopitar
     
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    The Leafs need an impact scorer, preferably a fast left winger but any position up front will do. A want would be a goaltender and a punishing-type defenceman.
     
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    Leafs need a scoring winger like Setoguchi, Hanzal or Bertram or a goalie prospect like Rask,Price or Nemec
     
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    that would be nice but it won't happen
     
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    The Preds need 4 things...

    center
    goal scoring
    rugged defenseman
    goalie

    I can't say the order of the need other than to say that center is probably the highest. Skating is a must, especially with the forward position. Size is nice and getting a center/scorer would kill two birds with one stone. Other than that, I'd say it might be a BPA situation to fill as many of these needs as often as possible.
     
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    As always, I'd like Ottawa to take the BPA in the first round (unless that happens to be a goaltender/soft, scoring RW). After that we can draft for need if we wish. We have the luxury of having many good, young NHL'ers along with some solid prospects so the BPA is really the only way to go for us IMO when we are looking to invest a top 30 selection.

    I'd want a sure fire all-star powerforward who is a natural LW, but those guys are always early and realistically we'll never get one as long as we remain competitive. If Ottawa wants to get one via the draft, we're going to have to gamble with a 1st rounder when the riskier powerforward types remain and the Lindros' and the Messier's are gone. Or just trade up.....
     
  12. WhiskeyYourTheDevils

    WhiskeyYourTheDevils yer leadin me astray Sponsor

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    Gonna be tough to get that in one player ;)

    I dont think they'll need a goalie for a while. I could see Nashville going after Zagrapan, he is a sneaky center that can score
     
  13. The Mighty Duck Man

    The Mighty Duck Man R-E-L-A-X

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    The Ducks' needs are summed up with one name-Marc Staal. Him and Smid make for a very nice top pairing, and if they sell the farm(which probably won't happen unless Al Coates gets the GM job), they also have a shot at Marc's brother next season.

    Seriously, other than the big 3, I'd only want Anze Kopitar and Bobby Ryan over him. Pouliot is overrated IMO.
     
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    Rangers needs (assuming top ten pick):

    Probably looking offense, preferably center. Will certainly not pass up on an elite defenseman still on the board however. They will not pick a goalie and among skaters are definately looking to add size to the system.

    The Rangers like American players as well as NCAA prospects. Could easily grab Johnson or Ryan or go with Skille if the pick is lower. Depending on Christer Rockstrom's opinion, the Rangers might also be targeting Kopitar.

    In the later rounds the Rangers might look to take a couple defensemen since our D prospect pool, while solid, is aging. In 2004 the Rangers only took one defenseman in the entire draft. Again, size is also something the Rangers will target as many of our skilled forwards are rather small.
     
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    ruutu's not enough for you? :dunno: guess you can always use more of those though

    hell the rangers could use just what every other team could...a top forward or top defensive prospect.

    i agree though that they might want a good center first all other things equal. an elite D like Johnson would be welcome as well...they have a solid group of young D but could use that sure #1 guy
     
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    TMac21 Save us Sweeney

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    Bruins - goal scoring winger
     
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    Rangers: Need to get either a #1 d-man or a top line scorer - preferably center - but it would obviously be BPA at forward...

    As for wants - probably take some high risk/reward players as the draft progresses. We have plenty of 3rd/4th liners and 5-7 defenseman. Only take a goalie later if they feel the scouts REALLY saw something...
     
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    I agree Doobie...top 6 forward is most pressing. Winger especially. I say the second round is a good spot for a goalie this year for the Wild.
     
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    Chaos And the winner is...

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    A #1 center to take over when Modano retires. A guy like Zagrapan would be nice.
     
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    Panthers are in need of the same thing for the third year in a row. They need a crease clearing defenseman, and have stated Ryan Parent as the first player they're targeting. They also need to look for prospects in net above all else except the bruiser on defense. They grabbed Shantz last year and he bombed this past season. The third priority would be a high profile left winger that can put the puck in the net. They have too many questions down the left side. Will Huselius get his groove back, like in the SEL? Is "CLANK" Hagman's favorite sound? Will Nedorost stay healthy and finally break out? Will Olesz show he deserves a spot on the team and if so at center or on the wing? Basically said, the Panthers need to go BPA, but with the prospect depth and needs strongly influencing their decision.
     
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    I think Montreal needs a true number one defenseman or a solid goalie. I don't really care who they pick. I'd be very happy Bourret also.
     
  23. Matt Foley*

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    Columbus prospect needs, IMO, are as follows:

    1. Top pairing defenseman - Jack Johnson would be ideal
    2. Goaltender - Leclaire needs some competition
    3. Playmaking center
    4. Big, physical forwards
     
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    I hope they pick Rask simply because we havent ever had a good golie and i want our team to once in its history to have a good golie or elite and i believe Rask could become really good. Going by all the things i've heard about how the draft will go Kings will prob be around pick #10-15 so i'm hoping Rask is still available if not I'd go with Staal if he still there since we need more defense prospects and if that fails any player really isnt bad as long as they turn out good =) and i trust our scouts
     
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    The Flames need a top six forward, like normal. Which forward position is tough, I would guess on the wing, McArdle would be brilliant depending on where they pick, though center would certainly be welcome as well. Then some more depth on D and in G with the rest of the draft should be the goal IMO.
     
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