Prospect Info: 2018 NHL Entry Draft Discussion: Final Countdown! Tomorrow is the big day!

Discussion in 'Toronto Maple Leafs' started by Silver91, Jun 26, 2017.

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Who is BPA available at 24?

  1. Benoit-Oliver Groulx - C

  2. Jacob Olofsson - C

  3. Dominik Bokk - C

  4. Ryan Merkley - RD

  5. Rasmus Sandin - LD

  6. Jett Woo -RD

  7. Miller LD/Samuellsson LD/Thomas LW (3/8 appearances)

  8. Liam Foudy - C

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  1. Silver91 Agent 0091

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    The city still hasn't been awarded, and the 2017 draft just ended, but I think it's time to start talking about next year's draft! :sarcasm:

    Obviously there's a lot that can change in 12 months, seeing how every year there seems to be a guy or 3 who everyone believes will be in contention for #1, then falls down the rankings, sometimes well out of the 1st round.

    With that in mind, here are some prospects to keep an eye on for next year's draft (in alphabetical order, by position):


    Center
    Burzan, Luka - C
    Dellandrea, Ty - C
    Foudy, Liam - C
    Groulx, Benoit-Olivier - C
    Khovanov, Alexander - C
    Kotkaniemi, Jesperi - C
    Kravtsov, Vitali - C/W
    Kupari, Rasmus - C
    Hallander, Filip - C/RW
    Hayton, Barrett - C
    Lauko, Jakub - C/LW
    Lilja, David - C
    Lunderstrom, Isac - C/LW
    Marchenko, Kirill - C/W
    McBain, Jack - C
    McLeod, Ryan - C
    McShane, Allan - C
    Olofsson, Jacob - C
    Stevens, Sam - C/W
    Tkachuk, Brady - C/LW
    Thomas, Akil - C
    Veleno, Joe - C
    Wahlstrom, Oliver - C/RW
    Wassenius, Carl - C
    Wernblom, Lukas - C/LW
    Wise, Jake - C
    Zavgorodny, Dmitri - C/W

    Wing
    Denisenko, Grigori - LW
    Eggenberger, Nando - LW/RW
    Farabee, Joel - LW
    Levin, David - LW/RW
    MacDonald, Anderson - LW
    Svechnikov, Andrei - RW --- SEER's post w/video
    Ylonen, Jesse - RW
    Zadina, Filip - LW

    Defence
    Addison, Calen - RHD
    Bahl, Kevin - LHD
    Boqvist, Adam - RHD
    Bouchard, Evan - RHD
    Bouchard, Xavier - RHD
    Dahlin, Rasmus - LHD --- SEER's Post w/video
    Emberson, Ty - RHD
    Hughes, Quinn - LHD
    McIsaac, Jared - LHD
    Merkley, Ryan - RHD
    Miller, K'Andre - LHD
    Samuelsson, Mattias - LHD
    Smith, Ty - LHD
    Vallati, Giovanni - LHD
    Wilde, Bode - RHD
    Woo, Jett - RHD

    Goalie
    Dostal, Lukas - G
    Gravel, Alexis - G
    Ingram, Jacob - G
    Kooy, Jordan - G
    Skarek, Jakub - G

    Again, a lot will change in the next 12 months, and some of these guys might not even get drafted, but right now they're prospects who look intriguing given their D-1 seasons. There's a few in there that look like real promising picks and will be fun to follow this upcoming season.
     
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    Hopefully we're picking below 20th. My prediction: projected top 5 pick Ryan Merkley catches the bubonic plague, falls precipitously in the draft rankings, makes a full recovery right before the draft, and we take him at 31
     
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    There is no need for a discussion. We will pick Dahlin with the 20-25th pick. Lou already sent the "mono letter"
     
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    I heard Dahlin has character issues.
     
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    ..and mono, strep throat, bum knee, and bad skating.

    He may just drop to the late 20's for us. :naughty:
     
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    Some really nice forwards with size in this upcoming draft. Adding a high end piece up front that can play rugged would be excellent.
     
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    Ryan Merkley is going to be the best D in the draft
     
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    I like the optimism. The draft has become such a different thing now that we are a real team again. I wonder if we will ever draft a goalie higher than the 4rth round?
     
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    Jet Woo, a RHD from Moosejaw is a kid I like a lot. Plays a solid two-way game, hard to believe he was a 16 year old last season with the rookie year he had. Hes a thick kid and he reminds me of morgan, in some ways, when he was in moose jaw as a 16 year old. If his development stays the course, I could easily see him challenging the top 10 for next years draft.
     
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    Merkley has great numbers, but I wouldn't touch him in the top 10. He has a lot of Ryan Murphy and Anthony DeAngelo in him. He's a very flawed player defensively and at times simply lacks effort. I'd have multiple defenders ahead of him. Dahlin, Woo, Ty Smith, Wilde, Samuelsson, Boqvist, and McIssac.

    This draft is really bad up the middle. Not sure if there is one center prospect even on the tier of Patrick and Hischier. Veleno really hasn't taken a step forward this year. It will be interesting to see if he can now that SJ will be built around him. He has amazing tools but it remains to be seen if he can put it into a dynamic package that takes over games. The best center prospect (unless you consider B. Tkachuk one) is probably McBain, who really needs to show up at international events as he is playing OJHL this year.
     
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    I think this draft has a lot more potential in terms of landing someone good. The whole first round promises to be decent to say the least.
     
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    Merkley could fall. Has a lot of red flags defensively. Wouldn't mind taking him with our pick, assuming we are in the 20ish range. But there are much more sure bets than him in this draft.
     
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    I think it's fair to say that the leafs managed to pull a rabbit out of the hat when they landed Liljegren at 17 in 2017.

    They're on a huge winning streak since Nylander in 2014, Marner in 2015, Matthews in 2016 and now Liljegren.
     
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    Barring something unexpected we should be picking in the 20s. Hunter should really be able to earn his money there. Centers (hopefully some righties), big wingers (preferably on the left side), and more defense will hopefully be prioritized, but only if BPA or equal to it of course.
     
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    we're going to win the draft lottery :nod:
     
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    Yea? Where did you hear that? :laugh:

    More HF BS.
     
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    .... dude, follow the conversation. It's a joke re; getting Dahlin to drop.

    Character issues are a reason guys drop.

    Getting it?
     
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    Pretty excited to see what McIsaac can do here in Halifax this coming season. Groulx too, I just get a good feeling about Jared. Talked to him once, and he said he tries to mold his game after Drew Doughty. Wish him the best and for the sake of the mooseheads, I hope he comes anywhere close! ;)
     
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    A few early look articles:

    https://www.sbncollegehockey.com/2017/6/26/15424034/2018-nhl-draft-first-look-players-to-watch

    http://thehockeywriters.com/2018-nhl-draft-10-prospects-to-watch/

     
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    Brady Tkatchuk intrigues me most out of those list of names. A big power winger with skill to put next to Matthews or one of our skilled guys is exactly what we need.
     
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    Merkley looks like Makar, but without the qualifier of playing in an inferior league to me. I know he has 2 way concerns, but god damn is he slick with the puck
     
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    I'd be interested in a more two way guy next season If we're going defenseman

    We've got a lot of highly skilled defenseman in house and I wouldn't mind seeing us take a more well rounded type that's a good bet to be an all situations type guy rather than a guy who's being forced into a role he's not really suitable for like Rielly has been asked to do
     
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    People considered Rasmus Dahlin to already be better than Timothy Liljegren :nod:
     
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    Lou will plant someone in Sweden to give Dahlin mono. Book it.
     
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    It seems like a lot of really good dmen come out of the later rounds and I won't be surprised to see some of our previous picks start to pay off - Dermott, maybe a big step forward from a Greenway/Middleton/Rasanen, Carrick might improve, etc

    I think with a guy like Merkley, I'd be inclined to take a shot at him if he's there when we're drafting. I won't be surprised to see him work himself into a top 5 conversation, but if the defensive concerns keep him in our range then I'd be inclined to swing for the fences and take some more rounded types in later rounds - throw a ton against the wall and see what sticks kind of thing

    also won't be surprised if we have a bunch of high picks with the possibility of JVR/Bozak/Komarov trades, and I think the likelihood of spending a bunch of assets on a long term RHD solution went down with us getting Liljegren, so I think a reasonable cost bandaid is more likely now
     
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