The NHL Draft – A Rather Funny Look Back
It’s not an exact science – It’s so much easier to draft NBA and NFL players after 4 or so years of college. Drafting 17 and 18 year olds? Who can tell.
Here’s a look back. This is what The Sporting News actually WROTE and their rankings.
#12: Dustin Brown – Not everyone is sold on his hockey sense. “There are a lot of things to like, but you still get the idea he’s a banger and will run into any situation without thinking about it,” said a secnd scout. “He thinks he’s playing football.”
#16: Jeff Carter – Some scouts see a lot of Joe Thornton in him. Another scout said Carter reminded him of Ron Francis, the way he goes from forehand to backhand.
#20: Patrick O’Sullivan – Scouts wonder about his character. The fact that he was sent home by the Mississauga IceDogs for a month for off-ice issues still looms over him. I would not take him without an intensive battery of interviews.”
#31: Mike Richards – Think of Mike Ricci with less hair. Although he’s not as good as Ricci/ He does not have great speed or quickness, “but he has everything else. He has the heart of a lion.”
#36: Brian Boyle – “I don’t dislike him, but I want someone else to pick him,” said (a) scout
#58: Corey Crawford – “He’s not as good as Mark Andre Fleury” “When he gets in a zone, watch out,” said one scout. “He can steal a game”
#4: Lauri Tukonen (ranked behind Ovechkin, Malkin and Cam Barker) – A tenacious worker. He has size, strength and skill and has clearly established himself as an elite forward. He works his butt off. “He’ll be a player in the NHL,” said one scout.
#38: Bryan Bickell – “You go see him one night and go “wow”,” said a scout. “Three nights later you wonder whether he is even dressed. Could it be another player wore his sweater?”
2005 (couldn’t find the issue)
#11: Nigel Williams – has drawn comparisons to Chris Pronger. “There’s not much downside” – (he was drafted 51st by Colorado and has never played in the NHL)
#17: Jonathan Bernier – Bernier was the straw that stirred the drink in Lewiston. “There is not much he’s missing”
#9: Angelo Esposito – There’s not a bigger disappointment in this years’ draft than Angelo Esposito (they were right, but Pittsburgh took him anyway at #20)
#11: Keaton Ellerby – There are comparison to Jay Bouwmeester and Mike Rathje, but his mental approach to the game is in question. “I’m not sold on him being a solid NHL’er,” said one scout. “He has all the tools but I wonder about the toolbox”
#19: Oscar Moller – “He’s a big kid and he’s not a great skater,” one scout said. “But he finds a way to get it done.” “He’s a good player, but I wish he skated a little better for his size”
#22: Thomas Hickey – “We really like this kid,” a scout said. “We wish he was a little bigger, but that’s really the only flaw we can find with him.” He’s a top 4 defenseman in juniors but some scouts wonder whether he’ll be able to be that at the NHL level. “He’s pretty good, but would I take him?” a scout asked. “I think there are better guys in the first TWO rounds.”
#2: Drew Doughty – Doughty is the best, most NHL ready defenseman of the bunch. “When he and (Karl) Alzner were on the ice, the other team never had the puck because it was always on their sticks.” It’s not unusual for Doughty to log 30 minutes a game.
#13: Colten Teubert – “He’s a nasty guy to play against” One scout said Teubert might tumble on draft day because he can be a little erratic and compared him to Bryan Marchment. Another scout wonders what all the fuss is about.
Well, at least the Kings and Oilers are Talking Again!
Remember when Dean Lombardi called their GM Steve Tambellini a “liar?”
What do you think the Oilers offered?
Glenn Healy on former King Dmitri Khristich on HNIC radio.
Patrice Bergeron played with a broken rib, torn cartlidge, a separated shoulder and a punctured lung. Khristich once got hit with a puck and when someone asked when he would return the answer was, “When his teeth grow back”
Frattin and Scrivens
I never thought anyone would ever unseat Alex Frolov’s bad sweater, but Fratti’s Popeye the Sailor look comes close. Someone on LGK described Scrivens as “Shaggy” from Scooby Doo – I think that’s a winner.
Angry, or off the wagon?
I guess he forgot about the “making amends” part of his recovery.