It seems like a lot of people consider this year a "weak" draft year. I say hogwash. Compared to last year, sure, it is "weak". But last year was a rarity in terms of the top end depth. You guys all know that. This year's draft class is actually pretty good, IMO. Let's look at who I would consider likely to go as the top six guys (but not necessarily in this order): Ovechkin - I don't like how he's been overhyped, but I have to admit he is a special player. He will be an impact player at the NHL level and soon. Malkin - THN said he could end up being a cross between Thornton and Sakic. If so, this guy will be a heck of a player. Barker - Stud two way defenseman Olesz - Compared to Jagr and Holik, talented offensive player who works hard in both ends Ladd - Speedy guy who loves the game and has a good set of hands Tukonen - Finn who works hard, plays solid 'd' and scores goals Last year's class was really no better. This year's draft is filled with great goalies - Schwarz, Montoya, Dubnyk, Schneider and Shantz are all potential first round picks - and good young defensemen - Barker, Thelen, Meszaros, Smid, Valabik, Green, O'Neill, Lyamin, Fransson and Hedman could all one day make up the backbone of some very nice defense corps. Plus guys like Schremp, Ladd, Ovechkin, Malkin, Tukonen, Stafford, Radulov, Wolski, Picard, Lisin, Korpikoski and Voloshenko are all great offensive prospects. Weak draft my foot. It's just weak in comparison to last year's draft, which was a rarity. Give these guys some time, and I'm sure they'll make us all say that wasn't such a weak draft after all. Didn't we all kind of figure that the '02 draft was weak, yet look at how it worked out. Nash led the NHL in goals this season. Lehtonen is a stud goaltender. Bouwmeester, Upshall, Lupul and Pitkanen are all great young NHL players. Players like Whitney are highly touted prospects. Didn't we all figure that the '99 draft was a great draft? I mean, Pavel Brendl was the next Mike Bossy! Yet, look how that all turned out. My point is, wait before judging this draft to be weak. I think these kids have the potential to be a great draft class!