Suprised to see Rielly and Murray as high as they are.
by Pepper Carrot
Murray i think is a mirror image of Thomas Hickey(4th overall, 0 games in nhl) May make a great NHLer, may not. Its a risky one IMO.
Rielly no question has incredible offensive talent that would have any defense coach salivating. However that big injury last season has to be a concern. Do you use a top pick on this guy? Also a risky one.
Dumba IMO(and this will sound crazy) Is the safest bet out of the big 3 from the WHL. People say his lack of size will work against him, i disagree. He loves to play physical and will fight(moreso than the other 2 listed above) His defensive game needs work, but pair him with a stay at home and he will succeed.
Dalton Thrower - Tough to give my opinoin on this guy without being biased. He is great defensively and offensively. He had a breakout year and looked as good as the others listed above. I see him play alot and would take him pretty high if i needed a solid D-man. The other guys listed are offensively better, but Thrower is the toughest out of the 3(which NHL teams WILL like)
The Oilers HAVE to take Yakupov. I know they need D, But Yakupov is too good to pass up. If the chance arises, trade the 1st overall for the 5th overall and a 2nd line shut down guy (then draft Dumba)
In this draft Yakupov and Grigorenko are the most NHL ready. There is alot of hyp around younger Subban the goalie, but i havent seen much of him. Drafting goalies real high has bit some teams in the but(Islanders)