5. Tippet (moved him up, I think his shot is ridiculous and he shows some of the same qualities of Laine/Stamkos, though not quite as NHL ripe and ready).
IMO, I'm almost starting to think there is virtually zero difference between picking 3rd and 5th. 3 different players who provide 3 different needs. Mittlestadt is the small creative playmaker who can carry a PP, Villardi is all horsepower down the middle while Tippet has great size, speed and a shot (though a winger, which may likely lead the Canucks to passing him over). Starting to get less excited about the prospect of drafting a d-man after reading about Liljegren's disastrous U-18 tournament and Makar after reading a little more on the quality of hockey in the AJHL and his lack of major tournament experience in Best on Best for his age group.
Hischier is the best player in this draft also the most dynamic. He's the EXACT type of player this franchise needs.
As for Vilardi? i'm just not a big fan. His skating/foot speed is an issue. Some in here would say, 'look at Horvat.' Horvat is unique. If it's that easy to improve your skating/speed then everyone would do it.
Here are some interesting names that might fall in the second round and be available for the Canucks at pick #33:
1) Klim Kostin: He was initially considered a sure fire top 10 pick for this year's draft. However, he got hurt and hasn't been seen much of by scouts overall and did not exactly tear up the KHL while he was healthy. Moreover, he's a Russian, which will always hurt his draft ranking due to the threat of playing in the KHL. I think he might be the most interesting and intriguing name. He's a big, fast Russian winger who probably wouldn't ordinarily be available if it weren't for his injury and his ability to bolt to another continent). I believe there is a very good chance he'll be available in the 2nd round. He might just be worth the risk.
2) Matthew Strome: The last name is very familiar and, again, he was considered a top 15 pick at the beginning of the year. He scored 34 goals, is big at 6'3, 200+ pounds and would be a suitable prospect on the wing. He is also a strong possibility to make the 2018 WJC U-20 squad.
3) Maxime Comtois: Here's another guy who was supposed to be top 10 to start the year (top 5 some ever said), but did not put up big numbers as expected. His numbers actually dropped from a year ago, and he had a miserable QMJHL playoffs and is having a miserable U-18. I expect him to definitely be available at #33, but he also might be a good pick with the Columbus pick if he's still available. Could be this year's Max Jones pick.
4) Michael Dipietro: Expected to go in or around at #33 according to NHL Central Scouting, he is the best goaltender in this draft and likely to be on a future Canadian WJC U-20 team.
5) Stelio Mattheos: He's a huge riser in this draft who was supposed to go outside the top 60 and is now getting early 2nd round/late 1st round buzz and is having an excellent U-18's with team Canada. Has size and put up PPG numbers while often covering for the injured Nolan Patrick. He is a fast riser that could fall on that #33 pick.
It's funny, but while we talk about the draft ranking this year... the more I research 2018, the more I kind of hope the Canucks tank next year. Next year is going to be a top end heavy loaded draft. Possibly the best since 2015 (better than 2016 even).
Dahlin, Svechinikov look like freaking game changers (and there are many many other intriguing high-end prospects).
(2017-04-21, 02:34 PM)Canuxxx Wrote: Miro Heiskanen is getting a lot of love right now. Alot of scouts are saying that he's the best dman prospect since Doughty/Karlsson. Top 3-5 talent in this draft.
I wouldn't be opposed drafting a dman if all 3 of Hischier/Patrick/Mittelstadt off the board.
Pretty sure the Canucks will get a really good player in the first round, although nothing is certain in Vancouver.
The key will be getting something valuable out of their 2nd round(ers) and their 3rd.
I'd love to see someone brought in to be Pres -someone who can still the churning waters. Trevor is a good guy but he just doesn't exude steadiness in his role. I'd really like to sit in on their pre-draft meetings and see what really goes on behind the curtain.
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