Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Chuckalinsky, May 23, 2004.
Where would Malkin go in drafts gone by? 2003, 2002, etc? How about Olesz?
I'd be Malkin'd have gone in the top 5. A guy with his upside would be very hard for most teams to pass up, but I don't know if he'd have been 1 or 2.
Olescz is a lot harder to gauge. I'm not sure where he'll end up this year... It's more difficult to place him till everyone finds out who wants who.
If malkin were in last year, florida prob would not have traded the 1st overall and selected him.
Malkin would be Florida property. Wonder who he would bump out of the top 4...I'm thinking Horton.
Malkin would be my 1st pick in 2003
I think Malkin would've been top 5, no doubt. Honestly, I could've seen him go at #1.
Olesz, I think he'd be fringe top 10 at best. I'm not even sure if Olesz will go top 5 this year.
Fluery, Staal, Horton, Zherdev -- that puts him battling with Vanek, Michalek, Suter, Coburn, etc. I would've picked any of those guys over Olesz.
I have little doubt Fleury would be wearing a Penguins jersey.
After being drafted third overall.
Florida would have kept the pick and drafted Malkin.
Not trying to attack you, just curious, have you seen a lot of Olesz play? What don't you like in his game? He seems to have scored fairly well in the Cezch elite league on the third line while playing defensively. Those are of course just stats, but unless the Cezch league is a much lower level than Russia than his numbers aren't much worse than Ovechkin. Not comparing them because there are more than stats to look at, but I haven't watched him play and am curious why so many are down on him.
For me Malkin would go 1st ahead of Stall who I had ranked 1st. Olesz is better than Michalek or Vanek, in my opinion, so he would have went 5th after Stall, Fleury, Horton and Zherdev.
I agree with this.....the Canes would have still likely taken Staal, and the Pens Fleury, only at third instead of first...
I'd guess Olesz may have gone near the 7-12 range....
I'm not so sure that Malkin would've been Floridas guy. But I do think thats who they would've picked. Staal, Zherdev and Fleury stay the same. I think the only shake up Malkin and Olesz would bring, is that Horton would end up going to Buffalo. Olesz wouldve been taken around 10th overall.
Florida had it bad for Horton, so I doubt that Florida would have taken Malkin even if he were available in the 2003 draft. My guess is that Florida would have traded down to third or fourth again. Pittsburgh would have still selected Fluery, Carolina would have still taken Staal, and Florida would have still selected Horton. At the 4 position would probably have been a battle between Zherdev and Malkin. I'd give the slight edge to Malkin in that situation and Zherdev would have been taken one selection later. That's just how I see it coming out.
This is how I rank the top 5 2003 eligible forwards with Malkin added in:
WJC performances go a long way, and Malkin outperformed Zherdev, and Staal was never there, all while Zherdev and Staal were 19 in their draft years.
^Talk about a run-on sentence.
Separate names with a comma.