Bob Mac’s NHL Draft Rankings out…

By , June 21, 2011 10:43 am
2011 NHL Entry Draft Rankings according to Bob McKenzie

2011 NHL Entry Draft Rankings according to Bob McKenzie

Each year, Bob McKenzie polls a bunch of scouts and does a butt load of work to rank players in the order that he feels they’ll be drafted (based on what the scouts told him… not so much his own opinion). This year’s draft rankings are up for the first two rounds, and includes some “honorable mentions”. It’s worth checking out. I won’t spoil the surprise, you can check the draft rankings out here.

I still am thinking we are going to select Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first overall. Too much promise in this kid to pass him up.

35 Responses to “Bob Mac’s NHL Draft Rankings out…”

  1. Mr.Majestyk says:

    chances are that we will take RNH at number 1, but it all depends on how bad Colorado or Florida wants him, and if those teams are willing to move up to take him. Of course this all depends if the Oilers are content with Larrson.

  2. Racki says:

    Yah, I still have to ask.. should we trade #1 for #2 and #10? At this point, I don’t think so. Too many people are calling RNH the consensus pick and saying that he’s all that and the bag of chips too. I still question whether his size will be an issue, but I also don’t want to go too much with the coke-machine mentality that screwed us over in the late 90s early 2000s. I’ve always been all about the BPA, and it sounds like RNH is definitely it.

    Larsson definitely wouldn’t be a bad choice and would be a safe choice though. I’d also be very happy with Dougie Hamilton, which makes me think that we should do everything we can to get the #4 pick off of New Jersey. That will likely be easier said than done, however.

    But coming home on draft day with RNH and Larsson or Hamilton would feel like we slam-dunked that draft.

  3. Ktown says:

    Racki:

    But coming home on draft day with RNH and Larsson or Hamilton would feel like we slam-dunked that draft.

    Plus, I’d have my date with Reese Witherspoon to look forward to…

  4. oilinblood says:

    Damn Rack, your opinion waivers alot.

  5. Grass&sOIL says:

    I like the talk of us trading down to #3 I think the top of the draft would play out like this:

    1) RNH-Florida
    2) Landeskog-Col
    3) Larrson-Edm

    I have suspected for a few months now that the Oilers main target is Larrson(him being pretty close to a lot of our overseas players is one reason, his undeniable skill another) and I hope this to be the case as I have strong doubts as to RNH being the right fit for our team and share in Racki’s though process that you build teams from the back end out.

    The real question is what do the Panthers give us in such a trade? Or is it what do they take off of our hands? or both!!!

  6. Racki says:

    oilinblood:
    Damn Rack, your opinion waivers alot.

    Changes with the wind :P It often even changes within typing the same post. Like I said, my opinion never changes.

  7. Alan-NottsUK says:

    Edm: Gudbranson + 3rd over all

    Fla: 1st, 31st. (if they felt like being really nice they could take souray too)

    take Huberdeau/Couturier at 3rd overall

    Gudbranson:
    Talent Analysis

    Gudbranson is a talented defender with enough of a mean streak to keep opponents on their toes. His game is a combination of skill, toughness and leadership that most teams desire in a defensive prospect. In addition to his physical play and work in his own end, he has a big shot and can contribute to the offensive attack, either in the attacking zone or by delivering a crisp pass to begin the transition from his own end.

    Future

    Gudbranson was the first player selected by GM Dale Tallon and is looked at as being the type of cornerstone, shut down defenseman around which a team can be built. The 18-year old is looking forward to challenging for a roster spot this season. Long-term, the Panthers are looking for him to be part of a big and physical group of players who make trips to South Florida difficult on the opposition – both physically and on the scoreboard.

  8. Racki says:

    Grass&sOIL:
    I like the talk of us trading down to #3 I think the top of the draft would play out like this:

    1) RNH-Florida
    2) Landeskog-Col
    3) Larrson-Edm

    I have suspected for a few months now that the Oilers main target is Larrson(him being pretty close to a lot of our overseas players is one reason, his undeniable skill another) and I hope this to be the case as I have strong doubts as to RNH being the right fit for our team and share in Racki’s though process that you build teams from the back end out.

    The real question is what do the Panthers give us in such a trade? Or is it what do they take off of our hands? or both!!!

    On that note, apparently Hockey News is rumoring this as possible. Do you think we could get Gudbransson out of them?

    Couturier + Gudbransson would make me very happy, even if we had to give up a bit more.

    I am still a “BPA” guy and always have been, but I like the thought of having that big centerman that we’ve coveted for a while. And I think Couturier’s stock is unfairly low this year because of the bout with mono.

  9. Racki says:

    Alan-NottsUK:
    Edm: Gudbranson + 3rd over all

    Fla: 1st, 31st. (if they felt like being really nice they could take souray too)

    take Huberdeau/Couturier at 3rd overall

    Gudbranson:
    Talent Analysis

    Gudbranson is a talented defender with enough of a mean streak to keep opponents on their toes. His game is a combination of skill, toughness and leadership that most teams desire in a defensive prospect. In addition to his physical play and work in his own end, he has a big shot and can contribute to the offensive attack, either in the attacking zone or by delivering a crisp pass to begin the transition from his own end.

    Future

    Gudbranson was the first player selected by GM Dale Tallon and is looked at as being the type of cornerstone, shut down defenseman around which a team can be built. The 18-year old is looking forward to challenging for a roster spot this season. Long-term, the Panthers are looking for him to be part of a big and physical group of players who make trips to South Florida difficult on the opposition – both physically and on the scoreboard.

    I would do that trade. Then I’d select either Huberdeau or Couturier at #3. I lean towards Couturier though as I’ve had a good feeling about him for a while. But the fact we’d be getting Gudbransson makes that deal happen for me.

  10. Grass&sOIL says:

    Racki: On that note, apparently Hockey News is rumoring this as possible. Do you think we could get Gudbransson out of them?

    Couturier + Gudbransson would make me very happy, even if we had to give up a bit more.

    I am still a “BPA” guy and always have been, but I like the thought of having that big centerman that we’ve coveted for a while. And I think Couturier’s stock is unfairly low this year because of the bout with mono.

    I would still prefer Larrson over Gudbransson but hey if it did play out with that way I would not complain one bit. Really though I don’t think Florida wants to part with Grubs.

    I am gonna stick to my guns on Florida taking Khabby(Tallon connection and a state of Florida connection)

    To Edm
    -3rd overall
    -Byron Bitz(injured all of last season but when healthy provides true grit, I have coveted him for a while)
    -negotioaing rights to Volkun

    To Florida
    -1st overall
    -Khabby
    -Chorney

    Florida takes the Nuge & We take Larrson(Did you see who was at the top of THN’s mock draft?) Then we try like hell to move up our 19th overall and take the best center available.

  11. oilinblood says:

    Well Landeskog and Larsson AND Zibanejad are all pretty close… Landeskog and Zibane it seems are really good buds.

    Huberdeau is Q and Mem Cup MVP which gives us the chance to draft back to back MVP’s. Same knock on Hub as on Hall… plays on a great team, but just like Hall he was chosen as the best of the best. Also Scouts chose Huberdeau as by far the highest hockey IQ player in the draft (source – BM). BM in the last two rankings has also pointed out that he has moved up alot but that mostly is due to the fact of his team around him. He dominated on his all star team and stood out. BM admits that the dominant team will hold him back in draft rankings and he doesnt log as much ice as he is capable of since there are no reasons to tax him energy wise with that team.

    I cant help but think that if you manage to move that 19 into top 10… you start thinking of the best combo pick choice.

    Lets not get carried away here. This is not a HIGH END draft year. The top guys arent going to be franchise carriers.

    I still dont want RNH. I dont care what the scouts say. I would trust in Stu to a degree on this one, but i watched alot more of RNH than other players simply because of more access to his teams games live and on tv. He is nothing spectacular and i dont include his size in my analysis YET. I eliminate size until the end because of guys like Sakic etc. All i know, 6’5″ or not… he is not that good. He plays in junior with lil tykes and he stands out on the pp but i just dont see it 5 on 5. They dont make the ice bigger in the NHL but the players double in size. good luck to him playing 5 on 5 in that when he cant destroy competition even strength in a peewee league.

    Huberdeau and Couts are my picks for a centre, with Zibane being added as 3rd pick because he knows Magnus and Lander.

    I am big on Larsson and i want him as 1st choice but i have said it before that Huberdeau is a 1b choice. Infact i have the feeling that Huberdeau being judged as having the highest hockey IQ (something i would leave to the scouts and they say it) and being Canadian makes me waiver on him being 1b and maybe he should be the top pick. BPA is Larsson but Huberdeau is right there, a champ, best of best, canadian, smart pivot. ARGH. Thats the only point in my picks where i dont have a full answer and passionate opinion. both are great but Huberdeau is likely my top pick once everything is added up. BPA at this point hhe is not – LArsson is BPA – but he is damn close, Canadian, pivot.

    By the sounds of it Zibane will be gone by Winnipegs pick. If he is available for the Winnipeg Nothings, they will take him.

    I think if you trade to 3 you can grab Huberdeau. Id like to see more than just a drop back. if offers arent good to give up 1 than dont do it. even if you draft Huberdeau 1st overall (who is ranked 4th or 5th) dont just slide down for picks…ITS RUDE. Only do that if it is worth the mess you will make with that player. “if you really wanted me why would you slide down and risk losing me? All for what a bunch of 5th rounders who never make it?”. Gudbranson …id like him very much. Id even be willing to send something in addition to 1st in their direction for 3rd and Gud.

  12. Mr.Majestyk says:

    If Florida is willing to inlclude Gudbranson then it would speed things up for the Oilers as he would have played in the NHL but was sent back to Jr because he didn’t come to a contract to play in Florida. Who doesn’t come away with a contract these days anyway? He must have wanted Hall money.

  13. oilinblood says:

    Mr.Majestyk: If Florida is willing to inlclude Gudbranson then it would speed things up for the Oilers as he would have played in the NHL but was sent back to Jr because he didn’t come to a contract to play in Florida. Who doesn’t come away with a contract these days anyway? He must have wanted Hall money.

    He was 3rd pick overall. Why wouldnt he get hall money? Top 5’s normally all get the same amount. even top 10. there isnt alot of negotiating needed. He didnt sign A) because FLA chose not to use a year of contract -which is moot because he didnt play anywaysOR B) Him and his agent didnt like what they saw in FLA. The $$$$ isnt a point of argument since there is a standard contract from the CBA that is a be all and end all. there is no negotiating, its a sign or dont sign decision. Gud knows he can go back in the draft like a UFA by not signing.

    LOL can you imagine if we had dealt Hemmer to Bos for Seguin and Sturm at last years draft and then Gud falls into our laps this draft? THat means we grabbed 1-2-3 of 2010. :) Why is hemmer still here, seriously.

  14. Grass&sOIL says:

    Seriously all this draft talk is starting to get to me. I wanted to just sit back and relax and wait for everything to just happen but now all these sub plots (Trading down, Smitty and so on) are making things really interesting. At the same time there was supposed to be a lot of action at last years draft and not a whole lot really materialized in the end. What are the chances of that happening again?

  15. Racki says:

    Too many scouts are calling RNH the #1 pick to go on our own gut feeling, if you ask me.

    I honestly think that no matter what happens, I’ll be happy. As I’ve said all along, in Stu I trust. I’d be happy with RNH because there is a lot of talk about him really being that good of a player. I’d be happy with Larsson because I really feel he is going to be a solid d-man. I’d be happy with Landeskog because he’s the Swedish Mike Richards (snicker). I’d be happy with Couturier because he seems to fit everything we need. I’d be happy with Huberdeau (although a bit skeptical, like RNH) because he’s a guy that has been a part of a winning culture and stood out on that team even though it had more stars than him.

    I am liking some of the trade ideas out there just because I feel that each of those top-5 ish players will make an impact on our team in some way. I think RNH is the highest risk but highest potential reward. But there are some safe picks in there too. I think Couturier, Larsson and Landeskog are all very safe picks. So that’s why I don’t mind trading down too much. But if we trade down, we have to be getting something pretty good in the deal. The reason I don’t like us swapping for 2 and 10 is because of the drop off again after around 7.

    If we could get us a trade that got us the center we need and also a touted young d-man, I’d be very happy.

    I like G&S’ trade suggestion too, but only if we come out of there with Voukon signed. While Bytz has the size, there’s no signs yet that he has the skillset we need (i.e. I don’t see him in our top 9).

  16. Racki says:

    Grass&sOIL:
    Seriously all this draft talk is starting to get to me. I wanted to just sit back and relax and wait for everything to just happen but now all these sub plots (Trading down, Smitty and so on) are making things really interesting. At the same time there was supposed to be a lot of action at last years draft and not a whole lot really materialized in the end. What are the chances of that happening again?

    Chances are probably pretty high, so don’t get your hopes up.

  17. oilinblood says:

    Its interesting that FLA needs cap dollars badly and Vokoun is leaving and Gud never signed. We could solve some problems dealing with FLA (Souray, Khabi, Gilbert perhaps)

  18. oilinblood says:

    Off topic but Gud reminds me of the Horton situation which was repoorted by BM back in the day that Horton was debating early retirement. I know some people knocked him just signing an extension and walking away from hockey and this and that but the guy wasnt happy. A prime example of a guy who actually wanted to be happy at doing his job and the money didnt matter. He didnt want to sit there in FLA; despite the beautiful women, night life, weather and “high society”; and rot playing meaningless games. He stayed another year because they said theyd be competitive to keep Boum – which would bring fans and a different atmosphere -but nothing changed. He got thrown on opposite wing and centre. He didnt whine but he wasnt happy. He wanted a hockey town.

    Its no secret Horton has told reporters not to ask him about FLA. Its also no secret that if Gud was to ask FLA former players about their experience…he might want to re-enter the draft.

    Gud the same way?

  19. Racki says:

    oilinblood:
    Its interesting that FLA needs cap dollars badly and Vokoun is leaving and Gud never signed. We could solve some problems dealing with FLA (Souray, Khabi, Gilbert perhaps)

    Doesn’t really make any sense to me (that they need the cap dollars and haven’t sign them yet..) unless those two just don’t want to play in Florida. Wouldn’t be the first time we heard that there (edit: just saw your post after, but that was one of the situations I was referring to).

  20. Bostonoiler says:

    If we can get Gudbranson in a deal to move down from 1 to 3 I’m all over it. Gives us a real solid future top pairing defender that is NHL ready now. At #3 I think we take the best center out there, Coutuier?

  21. Grass&sOIL says:

    Craig Button gave me a good laugh on his 2010 re-draft where he bumped Hall to #2 with Sequin going first. He said look no further then Sequin in the playoffs. Well sorry to burst that bubble Craig but Sequin had one very good game, was average in the others and was riding the press box for a quiet a few games as well.

    Ugh I guess there is a reason that Button is on TV now and not running a team anymore.

  22. zackman35 says:

    I’ve heard that the Oilers brass are still undecided who they want to pick first overall, which makes sense because they have one final and the most important meeting with the scouts right before the draft. Personally if we can trade down to Florida’s pick I think that would be optimal, that is if we could get Gudbranson packaged with it, without losing Hall, Eberle, MPS or Dubnyk.

    What would we ask for in return?
    #3 OV 2011 + Gudbranson

    I wish but I don’t think we’ll be getting Gudbranson unless we offer up a young talented kid with quite a bit of upside, someone like Gagner. If I were ST I would be hesitant to offer next years first overall, because I’ve been hearing “generational talent” being thrown around and that’s not something you really want to risk giving up, especially if we could very likely end up top 5-10 again.

    I really hope we draft Couturier over RNH if we are going for centers. I think he has the potential to become a very similar player to Eric Staal. With the issue of Couturier’s “slow first step”/”heavy boots”/”lack of explosiveness” this can be fixed with some work quite easily. How? Olympic Lifts. If he’s never done them before, which I’m guessing he hasn’t, then he’ll gain that explosiveness in no time what’s so ever. I’m unsure of his leadership qualities but all the draft notes I’ve read it sounds like he comes from the same mold as Eric Staal, physically and skill set.

    I think the Oilers would walk away victorious if they drafted Larsson or Hamilton for defense and or Couturier for forward. Larsson/Couturier I would have in my top three, Hamilton top five as well as Landeskog.

    PS: Anything that has Craig Buttons name on it has little to no credibility/value in my humble opinion. :razz:

  23. Racki says:

    Zack: Yah the more I’ve thought about it, the more interested I am in pursuing this whole Florida option. I doubt too that they would give us Gudbransson… but if they would, I would be inclined to give them a decent return. I skeptical that 1+31 gets 3+Gudbransson. Does 1+19 get that? I am not so sure about that either. But I think it would be worth it.

    Draft Couturier, sign Gudbransson.. and we got ourselves a pretty damn solid future save for possible question marks in net (maybe Bunz or Roy solves that in the future… maybe Dubnyk will work out OK.. hard to say). But I’d feel confident enough with the rest of the pieces we have here.

    Gagner, I don’t feel we should trade him. Maybe in the future, but right now I want to keep being patient and see what he’s capable of. Maybe one day Tyler Pitlick or our new draftee replaces him. But for now, let’s hang on to him.

    BTW, I think if we’re dealing with Florida for Gudbransson and their 3rd, Hemsky is a part of the conversation somehow.

  24. hemmerlady says:

    Larsson or Landeskog. I likey the swedes. Would be ok with Couturier. I just have a weird feeling about RNH. Basically whatever Stu says tho. 3 more days!

    HL is planning to go to The Black Frog on Fri., should any Metro Van. potf’ers be interested. Thing starts at 4pm though and that’s when I get off work…might have to miss the inaugural announcement the same as I did last year.

  25. zackman35 says:

    Racki: I would be fine sending our #1 OV + #19 OV if we could grab Florida’s #3 + Gudbranson but I doubt it would be that easy. We’d probably have to send a top five pick plus our first (since Gudbranson was around that pedigree or so I assume). I’d say if we can put Hemmer in that offer with #1 + #19 then do it!

    I’m with you on keeping Gagner but that’s what it would probably take.

    I’m not a big fan of drafting the “small, skilled type” unless the ceiling is too good to pass up, which could be the case for RNH. However I feel Couturier is the safer pick.

    HL: Thanks for the invite, I assume that’s a bar? If I was in town I’d come and bring my girlfriend and stop by for a few drinks and chat but I’ll be at home, in Alberta, watching the draft hahaha.

    Landeskog may not turn out to be the guy getting 80+pts but the leadership and character he would bring would be something else. I’ve always like the idea slotting Hall in on center in the long run…

    Landeskog – Hall – Eberle
    would be a wicked line but with first overall pick I think we’d be passing up too much. I’m on for Couturier/Larsson first overall. If we can make the Florida + Gudbranson deal turn out then I would for sure take Couturier at three. Id really like to see Dougie Hamilton as an Oiler though too.

    What’s most likely to happen, we draft RNH, try to trade up… no reasonable deals, draft resumes as scheduled.

  26. Alan-NottsUK says:

    when considering Gudbranson’s value, I think you have to consider he still hasn’t signed with Florida, and refused to sign last year.

    The Horton situation oilinblood bought up earlier could be the reason he wouldn’t sign there, hopefully Edmonton would look a lot more appealing to him.

  27. Alan-NottsUK says:

    just had another thought on trading down.

    1st overall for 3rd and 33rd overall picks, + option of switching 1st round picks with FLA next year?

  28. Racki says:

    Alan-NottsUK:
    just had another thought on trading down.

    1st overall for 3rd and 33rd overall picks, + option of switching 1st round picks with FLA next year?

    I don’t think Florida would do it. But I think I would, because I would be OK with any of Larsson, RNH, Couturier for a #1 pick and we’d be guaranteed to get one of them.

  29. oilinblood says:

    Grass&sOIL: Craig Button gave me a good laugh on his 2010 re-draft where he bumped Hall to #2 with Sequin going first. He said look no further then Sequin in the playoffs. Well sorry to burst that bubble Craig but Sequin had one very good game, was average in the others and was riding the press box for a quiet a few games as well.Ugh I guess there is a reason that Button is on TV now and not running a team anymore.

    Button is horrible. JUst a really horrible hockey mind. Even Pierre looks like a god when compared to Button.
    That being said i dont think the difference between Seguin and Hall is profound. I truly think they are going to both have great careers. The difference between them is as tight as the debate last year. I definently think Seguin has more swagger to him and he will be one of those guys who will need to back up his confidence…which he seems to be able to do. If seguin was drafted by the Oil he would have played in the regular season with ebs and a good influence in Horc on the wing. The team was too deep for Seguin to have a comparable year to Hall. Remember people yapping about sending Hall back to Jr? Both had growing pains…the B’s were just less willing to deal with those in the meaningful games they had.
    I still say who cares…both are great.

    5 years from now i think the guy with Huberdeau will be laughing the most.
    I dont see any flash with Couts. I hear comparisons to Eric Staal on boards but no scout has said that. If the name Staal is mentioned id say Jordan is a good comparison to his up side. Jordan is a solid player but hes not as dynamic as Eric and that is what Couts lacks. The first step thing can be worked on but the IQ to see the ice, read defenses, AND -something that i feel seperates Huberdeau from RNH – MANIPULATE the opposition players (bait them to you to open lanes, read coverage to navigate what will be open ice before its open ice).

    I still love Couts and have said so… but see him for what he is.

    Another guy who is underrated but moved up the charts like mad is Zibanejad. I was hoping hed stay quiet and in that 15 -19 range. What doesnt get talked about is he is slim but he is actually a hitter. He is aggressive as F. He is just too interesting in my opinion to pass up and at the beginning of the year i thought he might be available in the 2nd round if we got lucky (kind of like i hoped about Rundblad in Magnus’ year). Like Larsson… he seems to thrive on the smaller ice but because of his speed forward and backchecking. Tenacious lil SOB.

    When looking at this draft year … EXCEPTIONAL talent without bringing in current size etc (as long as not 5″6″)… IS RNH, LARSS, HUBERDEAU. My opinion on MY observations without the CIS ranks. They just happen to be 1-2-3 to a lot of people, NOW. RNH has a major issue with 5 on 5 compared to Huberdeau. Huberdeau can work in a phone booth and baits d’s to try him… then he dishes or beats them depending on the plan he had all along. Larsson is a D guy who wont be lidstrom but could be (i hate to say it) a less physical CP. Thats why i think he gets the Lidstrom comparisons…not from points he will get (although with the team we will have who knows) but because of his active and strong stick and his great positional play with a good first pass that picks the RIGHT play. Lots of d can punish, or have a good stick, or great positioning, great mobility, or a great shot. Alot dont have the skill to know the right play to be most efficient for everyones energy on the ice and be able to acknowledge and execute the right read and play in a split second. That is Larsson. The forward equivalent id say is Huberdeau.

    If you want the ones that will be power houses with 50-60 pts for F and 20-25 pts for D in the N? Landeskog and Murphy are top end.

  30. DropIt says:

    Grass&sOIL:
    Craig Button gave me a good laugh on his 2010 re-draft where he bumped Hall to #2 with Sequin going first. He said look no further then Sequin in the playoffs. Well sorry to burst that bubble Craig but Sequin had one very good game, was average in the others and was riding the press box for a quiet a few games as well.

    Ugh I guess there is a reason that Button is on TV now and not running a team anymore.

    Just look at his history drafting with Calgary from ’00 – ’03. Laugh to yourself for ten minutes and then use that as a template to disregard anything Button says about prospects at any time.

    The same topic came up on 960 in Calgary and the concensus there is that Seguin would actually fall to 3 in favour of Skinner.

  31. Racki says:

    I think time will tell on a guy like Seguin though. I think he could be a really good player one day. I still think we made the best choice, even with Skinner in the draft. It’s no secret that guys Skinner’s size stand more of a chance in the East, and it’s a little easier to rack up points in that SE div too. Not taking anything away from Skinner though.. I think he’s a great player, and I’m not saying Hall is better than him. I just think we got a great player to build around with Hall too. Tonnes of compete.. can score in bunches. He put up those points on an uber crappy team with Horcoff as one of his linemates (sorry Horc) and a rookie.

    Anyways, I think there are a few teams happy with the outcome of that draft. Boston will be… Carolina already is.. Anaheim too. Edmontonians seem pretty happy.

  32. Ktown says:

    LOL – Seguin over Hall? Not yet.

    Seguin looked good in a playoff game this year. Hall carried a team on his back for at least half a season.

    Also, just noticed in the TSN draft rankings, they put up the player’s vitals. Huberdeau is the same height, and virtually the same weight as RNH. (http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=44969)

    Both 6’1″, RNH – 170lbs, Huberdeau – 168lbs

    So where’s all the talk about Huberdeau being too small? Or did I miss something (a very likely case, I’ll admit)?

    “Huberdeau: NHL Upside – First or second-line forward with decent size and two-way abilities.”

    “Hopkins: Weaknesses – Needs to add some muscle to compete with NHL defencemen in tight quarters.”
    ???

  33. zackman35 says:

    What’s even more entertaining Ktown is I’ve read on a mockdraft that Huberdeau has good size. I think it could have been Mackenzie’s even… So many mocks list him as a center too but from what I’ve heard he played mostly wing.

  34. chucker says:

    I think Pierre was comparing Huberdeau to Skinner yesterday. Said he could be the steal of the draft. He could be right.

  35. Steve-O says:

    Ktown:
    LOL – Seguin over Hall? Not yet.

    Seguin looked good in a playoff game this year. Hall carried a team on his back for at least half a season.

    Also, just noticed in the TSN draft rankings, they put up the player’s vitals. Huberdeau is the same height, and virtually the same weight as RNH.(http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=44969)

    Both 6’1″, RNH – 170lbs, Huberdeau – 168lbs

    So where’s all the talk about Huberdeau being too small? Or did I miss something (a very likely case, I’ll admit)?

    “Huberdeau: NHL Upside – First or second-line forward with decent size and two-way abilities.”

    “Hopkins:Weaknesses – Needs to add some muscle to compete with NHL defencemen in tight quarters.”
    ???

    It might be build though, Huderdeau has the build to put on more weight/size and just hasn’t yet where as the Nuge doesn’t.

    No idea, but that could be the reason.

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