Houde's 2007 mock draft

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  1. Louis Houde

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    Houde's 2007 mock draft
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    1. Patrick Kane
    Constant offensive menace. Has the soft hands, elusive one-on-one moves.Has an unmatched set of offensive skills with the puck. Is perhaps the premier stickhandler in the draft. Displays mesmerizing moves and a deceptive shot.A mix of Kovalev hands and Gaborik feet.His lack of size will always be a concern.
    Upside : Pavel Bure
    Downside : Alexei Kovalev

    2. Alexei Cherepanov
    He owns soft hands that do damage around the net. Can score spectacular goals, but is also adept at playing the set-up role.
    When on his game, he can dominate.Incredible anticipation and awesome positioning.Is not great without the puck. Hates the
    boards but accept to pay the price in front of the net.Stanley cup desire?
    Upside : Miroslav Satan
    Downside : Viktor Kozlov

    3. Kyle Turris
    Has nice gears, soft hands, tremendous hand/eye coordination, intelligence and awareness on the ice.A leader on the
    ice.Possesses good two-way instincts and playmaking ability. Does anything asked of him. Future captain.
    Upside : Keith Primeau
    Downside : Mike Sillinger

    4. Karl Alzner
    Alzner is a big, mobile defenseman who can move the puck while taking care of his own end first. Mature in his game at this stage in his development, Alzner will probally transition to the NHL faster than his peers.
    Upside:Mike Komisarek
    Downside:Rhett Warrener

    5. Logan Couture
    Couture was amazing in last year's Ontario Hockey League playoffs as a 16-year old. He has been just good, not great, early in this season with 5 assists and 0 goals in 5 games. He missed the U-18's with a leg injury, and has been diagnosed with mono. Excellent playmaker.Mental player, plays like Igor Larionov.Not a goal scorer but reliable on defense.
    Upside: Igor Larionov
    Downside:Jiri Hudler

    6. Jakub Voracek
    Has a 2-way game similar to a Milan Michalek.
    Voracek looks like a clone of Marian Hossa, and has a 2-way game similar to a Milan Michalek. He is the complete offensive package of size, skill, hockey sense, and pure strength. He has been unstoppable in the QMJHL when he drives to the net from the wing. His puck protection is world class.
    Upside:Eric Lindros
    Downside:Josef Vasicek

    7. Sam Gagner
    Gagner looks to have that innate sense that all elite offensive threats have. While he lacks a top gear, he possesses an elusive agility and exciting one-on-one moves. A gifted playmaker who is also starting to develop a finishing touch to go

    along with a solid two-way game.
    Upside:Owen Nolan
    Downside: Mike Ribeiro

    8. James Van Riemsdyk
    Plays the game at a very fast pace and loves the open-ice hit. A great sniper, he has a hard, accurate shot,needs to use it
    more. Can often change the course of the game with one shift.
    Upside:Jeremy Roenick
    Downside:Chad Kilger

    9. Nick Petrecki
    Not a franchise prospect, but Petrecki is going to be a feared physical presence in the NHL some day. A great skater for a
    big man who has a mean streak like no other, but Petrecki will never be an offensive defenseman.Hits like no one else.Good in
    his own zone.Works like a horse and never gives up.Blocks shots. A true warrior and a future leader.
    Upside:Adam Foote
    Downside:Rostislav Klesla

    10. Keaton Ellerby
    A can't miss mobile d-man.Impressive physical presence, very nasty. He can dish amazing open ice hits.Mishandles the puck at
    at times, not very good on power-play. He has to learn how to be effective during penality kill.
    Upside:Sheldon Souray
    Downside:Kurtis Foster

    11.Keven Veilleux
    Huge centre.Has progressed way beyond than expected. Quick hands, accuracy and precision of his shots are jaw-dropping.
    Understand more and more how to use his huge frame.One of the best eye-hand coordination of the draft.He must improve his
    skating and keep using his body.
    Upside:Eric Daze
    Downside:Martin Podlesak

    12.Mark Katic,
    This small, elite skating defenseman has shown more of a physical edge this year despite his modest frame.Must overcome his
    lack of size and strength in order to make it big in the NHL.Impressive offensive abilities.
    Upside:Paul Ranger
    Downside:Francis Bouillon

    13.Brandon Sutter
    Interesting two-way centre.Nice anticipation.High defensive awareness.Quick feet,nice gears.Long reach..but poor puck
    protection.Plays like a midget along boards, need to add more muscle.
    Upside:Jere Lehtinen
    Downside:Ville Peltonen

    14.Michael Backlund
    A leader, never give up.Huge strong legs.Very intelligent on ice.Effective of pp and pk.Cut to the net like N/A players.Knee
    injury is the only reason why he's not in the top5.
    Upside:Saku Koivu
    Downside:Sami Kapanen

    15.Billy Sweatt
    Very mature for his age,he always give his 100%.Impressive speed,not scared to use his speed to cut to the net.Impressive
    hands, perform a two-way style. He leads by example.He got all the tools to be a dominant nhl player.
    Upside:Alexander Semin
    Downside: Marek Svatos

    16. Zach Hamill
    Has exceptional vision and creativity on the ice. His offensive instincts are good but not elite,he's improving slowly his
    all-around game.His skating is improving but still below juniors standards. A game breaker, nice set up abilities on pp.Need

    to had some grit to his play to be an nhl player.
    Upside:Rostislav Olesz
    Downside:Pierre Dagenais

    17.Angelo Esposito
    A bust. Soft,unwilling to pay the price,bad teammate,lazy,over-rated offensive abilities, do not know how to use his
    linesmates,selfish on power plays,he relys on his skills only,bring no grit.ECHL superstar at best. Nice speed,impressive
    changing gears.. but never uses that in a real game.Scared to be touch.
    Upside:Patrik Stefan
    Downside:Alexandre Daigle

    18.Colton Gillies
    He posses impressive leadership. A player you notice every game. Pure elite skating abilities for a guy this size. Wonderfull
    reach and nice timing to deliver pain along the boards. Somehow unpolished,he displays solid effort and commitment, but must
    play a more simple game.A true warrior that every coach want.
    Upside:Mike Knuble
    Downside:Stephane Yelle

    19.Jonathan Blum
    Look slow and bored on ice.Can master the game with his offensive abilities. Mental mistakes are too frequent.Can't clean in front of the net. Will not help his team-mates when there's a cheap shot. Make solid first pass. Does not protect the puck enough.
    Upside:Patrice Brisebois
    Downside:Andrei Zyuzin

    20.Kevin Shattenkirk
    Smart defenceman.Decent mobility, nice vision and great anticipation. Great puckhandling abilities. He sneaks closer to the
    opposing goal to add extra firepower deep in the offensive zone. Kinda small, needs to add more muscle to contain nhl players.
    Upside:Mark Streit
    Downside:Mathieu Dandenault

    21.James O'Brien
    He protects the puck well with his long reach.Can throw himself to block shots.Not very creative but still able to make decent defensive plays. Agility and skating is somehow a question mark, but he's willing to pay the price to make his team win.Can play thru pain.
    Upside:Dallas Drake
    Downside: Steve Begin

    22.Oscar Moller
    Undersized,two-way centre. Soft hands and jaw-dropping accuracy.Quite courageous,not scared to bleed or loose tooth.Not always motivated to play hard, but he plays a strong-all around game.
    Upside:Eric Cole
    Downside:Brandon Bochenski

    23.Sergei Korostin
    Lazy,bad temper,needs to take more time before taking a shot.. but skilled as hell.A very good skater,uses an effortless stride,strong first-step quickness and agility.Uses multiple gears to intimidate the opponent.very well developed physically. He's selfish and tends to care more about his own stats, rather than the team play.Tends to be on poor terms with teammates
    Upside:Nikolai Zherdev
    Downside:Stanislav Chistov

    24.Maxim Mayorov
    Skilled player.Nice size. Elite stickhandling, very accurate shot, while not so hard, very good skating ability, sees the ice very well.Never played in elite russia league. Tends to be lazy,when he isn't scoring goals, he is a very replaceable part.
    Upside:Nikolai Zherdev
    Downside:Stanislav Chistov

    25.Brett Maclean
    26.Stefen Legein
    27.Akim Aliu
    28.Olivier Fortier
    29.David Perron
    30.Jean-Simon Allard
    31.Maxime Tanguay
     
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    Good read.

    Just one question, Sheldon Sourray is a horse on the PP, and you wrote Keaton is very similar to him, so how can he not be effective on the PP. Hmm..When I think of Keaton, he reminds me of Tim Gleason.

    I'm really intrigued with Bill Sweatt and Brandon Sutter. I hope one is available when the Leafs pick. Brandon looks to be a future captain. Sweatt seems to be a guy who'll be very safe. A guy like Mike Fisher comes to mind when I think of Sweatt. If he can actually provide more offense then Mike Fisher than I'd rate him over a lot of players.

    Bang on of Esposito's scouting report. He's too selfish with the puck, but that can be worked on. I dont think he'll be a bust. Atleast not an ECHL calibre player. He's better than most give him credit for.
     
  3. Louis Houde

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    I never said he's very similar, i said his upside ceiling.. if he developed way higher than expected, yes, he could be as effective as Souray on pp.
     
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    words from a Habs fan.....who never saw the kid play...ridiculous
     
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    The Turris comparison/upside to Primeau seems odd. Maybe its cuase when I picture Primeau, I see a huge guy but Turris is small. But wouldn't Paul Kariya or Daniel Briere be more appropriate for him?
     
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    Good effort, but this is a bad list....

    Most of your comparisons on upside and downside are ridiculous...

    I mean how can you compare Alexei Cherepanov to Miroslav Satan as the upside ?! Satan is half the player Cherepanov will be and it's not even close... Upside I say Alexander Mogilny for Cherepanov... :teach:

    Your a bit harsh on Esposito as well... Yes this guy is not good as we first thought, but saying that he's a bust at this time... :shakehead

    Kyle Turris upside is Keith Primeau ? Sorry, but this makes me laught :eek: Kyle Turis is this year's Jonathan Toews !!

    Enough said.....
     
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    He wasn't draft yet and you already label him as a bust? Very impressive. WOW.

    Good read overall, interesting to learn some about so much prospects, but I think you never saw most of these propsects play, don't you? Maybe I'm wrong...anyway, a mock draft is a mock draft and I like it.
     
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    For Karl Alzner , I couldnt help but think one thing. I think Rhett Warraner is an upside more than a downside, so I thought how funny it would be if we flip the upsides.

    Rhett is a very good defenseman. :)

    Ok I stop. :)

    But I seriously like the list...

    Oh and can you fill me up on Hitmen's Alex Plante? I've heard good things about him but never seeen him play. If you know anything about him I'd really appreciate it.
     
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    Esposito's upside is Stefan? Even if you think he's a bust, his "upside" still is high as of right now.

    I agree with what you said about him though.
     
  10. OilerOlli*

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    Wonder why he chose Esposito as #17 by only saying negative things about him.
     
  11. OilerOlli*

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    "4. Karl Alzner

    Upside:Mike Komisarek
    Downside:Rhett Warrener"


    WHAT???
     
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    Are you planning on reporting on picks 25-31?
     
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    no Luca Cunti?? some team in the 2nd rd will be very happy, other than that great job.
     
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    If Shattenkirk's upside is Mark Streit, he might as well retire now.

    Shattenkirk's upside is far more than Mark freakin' Streit.
     
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    Gagner is a power forward?

    Cuz isn't that what Owen Nolan was?




    I appreciate the effort man, but some of those picks were headscratchers.
     
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    If is upside are like Komisarek's upside... Its pretty cool for him.

    Komisarek is very, very above average in his own, mean streak, first d-men in the league for hits, among the first for blocked shots, he skate pretty fast for a big guys, can put some point on the scoreboard (4-11-15) he is +5 while he is playing always against the other team'S first line. And trust me +5 in Montreal is awesome every player are in the minus.

    So if Alzner upside is Komisarek I don't know why you are so upset... And Warrener is a good defensive d-men. (Not close to Komisarek though and a lot older).
     
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    lol.. yeah true, but Streit will only get better.
     
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    bang on the esposito remarks but I would have to say his upside is closer to JP dumont type player
     
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    I think everyone would want a little more out of their 4th overall pick.

    Drafting a Komisarek/Warrener clone would be great, if you were picking them later in the draft.
     
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    Yeap. He's mostly dead on with the scouting reports, but I have issues with the player comparisons too.

    A good read, nonetheless.
     
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    good try ... but comparisons seem a little wacky.. Kane like Bure ???? Kane seems a play making where Bure was a finisher. on't thing styles compare. Don't see how other people compare either

    Maybe if you're talking about their stature in the game rather than playing styles ...

    If Kane has Kovalev hands and Gaborik speed then he is a true superstar of maybe Crosby-like dimensions. Seems a bit hyberbolic.
     
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    Biggest thing that caught me was Voracek upside Lindros. Lindros before injuries in his prime or what you can consider his prime was one of the most dominant players ever to play the game. I agree with others good analysis of players but comparisons are quite strange to say the least.
     
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    Man, you surely think that Esposito is complete s**t. He basically cannot do anything good, plus someday he will miss an empty net on a breakaway (and that's if he hits his upside). Why are you still picking him at #17 of the first round ?
     
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    It's because he is lacking size.

    If he would be 195 lbs, he would be near Crosby IMO.

     
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    i think you are being very kind with the downsides. everyone exept veilleux has a downside equal to a regular nhl'er or a former nhl regular. and why exactly do you think veilleux has the worst downside.

    why would you use the #17 pick on someone you think will not even make the AHL. if you feel he's that bad then you should say that if it was up to you he would go undrafted.

    other then the compairsons its not really a terrible list. and you probably used a lot of time on this so i dont like to just go out and bash it completely. just think a little bit more about who you compare them to next time and im sure you list will be very good.
     

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