How Deep is the '06 Draft?

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  1. FLYLine27*

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    How many players would you consider to be the "top" of the draft...like last season most people said the top 6-8 picks would all be very good picks then after that it leveled off a bit....how about this year? :dunno:
     
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    I'd say if you are in the top 7 this year you are in pretty good shape....

    Kessel
    E.Johnson
    Staal
    Toews
    Backstrom
    Frolik
    Mueller
     
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    brassard is a beauty...
     
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    I've never been too impressed with this draft crop this year. Kessel is no Crosby, Ovechkin or Kovalchuk. After that, there's a few top end talents but nothing like the '05, '03 or '01 drafts.
     
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    agreed.
     
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    2006 like 1999?
     
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    No, 2002 is probably a better comparison. Top 4 not as good though.
     
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    On satellite hotstove tonight, Duhatschek was saying that a lot of teams were unimpressed with this year's draft crop past pick 8. He claims that a lot of teams would be willing to move their first rounder.
     
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    Jordan Staal will be a great pick.
     
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    Very few eligible players have really stepped up their games this year- as you'd hope a draft eligible player might- and there are even fewer "he came out of nowhere" players (as of yet). So. it's been a bit of a disappointment. Europe is mostly down and the CHL is weaker than usual- that's a pretty good chunk of the draft action right there.
     
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    Still, there is a bit of time for someone to step up. Kessel comes to mind. He was a premier prospect until the WJC. That tounement truly tarnished his image, though it had begun to be tarnished a small bit before that. Having at least two premier prospects, Kessel and Johnson, could make this draft look better.
     
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    Supposedly there's 2 drop-offs: one after 6 or 7, the other midway through the 2nd round. From the 3rd round on, apparently the pickings get slim.
     
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    I think the top 10 or so in this draft are pretty strong..

    E. Johnson
    Kessel
    Staal
    Toews
    Mueller
    Backstrom
    Frolik
    Brassard- * don't be be shocked if he goes top 5* unreal skills
    James Sheppard
    Bobby Sanguinetti
     
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    There's time for prospects to step up.
    We'll learn a lot in CHL playoffs and Worlds U-18... There's always players who raise their stock a lot in these times (Voloshenko or Frazee recently come to mind).
     
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    I for one don't think there is that big of a drop off after 7, at least not as big as you'd find any other year, but it's that second one that's a killer. We are going to see A LOT of re-entries get taken from the 3rd or even mid-2nd down. Mathieu Roy, Reto Berra, Colton Yellow Horn, Wacey Rabbit, etc. etc. etc.
     
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    What about some '87's that were'nt slected last year. Who do you think has a chance or good upside?
     
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    Its a tad to early to say, but so far the 06 class is not really impressing very many.
     
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    Hopefully, there will never be a first round like the one in 99.
     
  19. This is basically the comparison that is often the most common. Woodlief even said the same thing back in October. I agree with the sentiment that after about 7th pick, there is a decent drop off. But I think the 2002 draft still resulted in some decent NHL talent getting picked later on/dropped in the rankings (Hudler, Lombardi, Stajan, Stoll) that you probably won't see with this draft IMO.

    Also you have to factor in the lack of an agreement with the Russian federation and the NHL. Several teams will shy away from picking any Russians playing overseas in the early rounds.
     
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    amen....especially for rangers fans!!! :eek:
     
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