Potential Top 5 Picks Surprise Picks???

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  1. Bryanbryoil

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    The consensus top 5 has been repeatedly stated to be Voracek, JVR, Kane, Turris, and Cherepanov in no particular order. The Oilers currently sit in the 6th spot, I'm hoping/wishing that we can land one of JVR or Turris at #6, but that would take at least 1 surprise top 5 entry. Who could you see as guys that could potentially displace someone on the top 5??? Gagne??? Alzner???
     
  2. EagleBelfour

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    You just named the two players that have the most change to releguated one of the top-5 outside it. Esposito has an outside change IMO.
     
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    IMO it wouldn't be surprising if Alzner went to LA at #4.

    Also won't shock me if LA & EDM swap picks.
     
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    I wouldn't call Gagner or Alzner surprises. But I think in this draft more than most, there's definitely the potential for Wheeler-type picks. I believe it was American Dream, in his mock draft, who had Max Pacioretty at number 5. Something like that wouldn't shock me. And it's not even Pacioretty... it's so wide open, I think there's any number of players who could surprise.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised if someone took Backlund way early. Not top 5 early, but...early.
     
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    I agree, I'd been praying for so long that Backlund's stock would stay on the lower end so he would fall to the Pens; it seems more and more unlikely that that will be happening *sigh*. Although I guess we don't need another center, though IMO he'd be a rather easy transition. Anyway, I agree he could be snatched up pretty early.
     
  7. Bam Beet*

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    It wouldn't surprise me if Espo finds his way back in the top 5. Maybe the GM's aren't buying into all this hype about his bust potential and supposed attitude problems.
     
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    Alzner, Gagner, Esposito...in that order of likelihood.

    Though even if one them went fourth or fifth, I still doubt that JVR or Turris is available at six. Cherepanov is the most likely to get passed over out of that top five group and fall to six, imo.
     
  9. Ferjo

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    I think after the show David Perron put on in the memorial cup he could end up that high.
     
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    No, he's still not close from them. His set of hands is incredible, but he's far from the total package, and even if he was playing in a small league a year ago, he's one year older than most first rounders...

    For this year, I don't see any huge surprises in the top 5, as there's around 8 players who could go there...there's a small gap after those players, and another one after top 12th pick...

    1-8
    8-12
    12-26
    26-58
    ...

    That's the gaps I see...
     
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    If I told ya, then it wouldn't be a surprise now would it?
     
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    It doesn't matter his age, picture him improving all-round (which almost all players do) and most scouts would probably agree he could be one of the 6 or 7 best players in the draft. He's clearly raw, but i think the package he currently brings to the table is impressive enough to take that high and the areas a of the game he was clearly behind in early in the season have improved enough it would show that he's working hard on becoming a more two-way player.

    players with his hands and offensive smarts don't grow on trees. I'm not saying he will go that high, but if a team is willing to be patient it wouldn't surprise me at all.
     
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    I'd like to see Gagner go 5th overall :crossfing

    Ellerby maybe
     
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    What about Lars Eller? I think he will be selected in the top 10. Maybe not top 5 but you never know.

    I have one prediction about the Kings pick. If the draft goes in this order -

    1-Kane
    2-Van Riemsdyk
    3-Turris

    Then I think the Kings will either trade down with Edmonton and select Alzner or they will just trade the pick. I wouldn't be surprised to them trade up to get Turris because they are really high on him.
     
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    It would not shock me if Mayorov is the first Russian taken this year. He's been creeping up the lists since Dec.-Jan.

    Top 5? :yoda:
     
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    I think any number of players could slide into the top five (after Kane, vanRiemsdyk, Turris, and Voracek). If I'd go with a complete "shocker", maybe Bill Sweatt?
     
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    The Oilers will be taking Brandon Sutter at #6 anyways so it doesn't matter .. :)
     
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    Interesting a Habs fan rates second tier 8-12, when Habs have 12th pick and oh, coincidentally the Leafs pick 13th!

    In my opinion there are 6-8 players that are close to certain to go in the top 10...then it's wide open.
     
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    Sweatt is a name that keeps popping up. Could be very high on some teams radars.
     
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    Don't be surprised. Every time Peron was on the ice, the scouts were writing furiously....he had all their attention the whole time. This is not a strong draft that features high end talent, as a result a player like Peron could very well crack the top five.
     
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    I think Ellerby has the upside to go as high as 3. He clearly has more upside then Alzner soit wouldnt surprise me if some team take a guess with him.

    But a lot of player has great upside or size in the draft so it's completely wide open. Petricky, Ellerby, Sweatt, Esposito, Couture, Backlund and Pacioretty could be in the top 5 be beside the "clear" top 7.
     
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    I think there is as good as a 50% chance that Esposito might go in the top 5......he has the best skill of any player in the draft with the possible exception of Kane.......and he has better size then Kane. I think some team is going to have him very near the top of his draft board and take a chance on him in the top 5. possibly LA.
     
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    What makes you think that?
     
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    Interestingly, when the Oilers' brass have been discussing the draft with media etc., they seem to also ignore Cherepanov while talking up others, such as Gagner. It's possible that this is just some kind of smokescreen on the part of the Oilers, but it's also somewhat possible that Cherepanov could fall past #6.
     
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    Not a chance L.A. takes Esposito.
     

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