Sneak peek at the next draft crop:
I’m quite certain some will question the placement of Ryan Strome at fourth ahead of Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog is probably the most NHL ready prospect in the draft and one of the most complete players available. Strome’s high end potential is the main factor I considered in this case.
I wanted to have Ryan Murphy even higher than sixth to be honest. I was higher than most on Ryan Ellis in his draft year, and while the two offensive blueliners are different on many levels, they are both rare, elite, dynamic difference makers from the back-end. Size is a factor with Murphy but his skating and off the charts hockey sense will allow him to succeed in the big league.
Who goes 1st? Couturier; Grand Larsson-y; NuHop/RNH; Gabriel the Great; or Strome is Burning? (Should’ve used some of these in the article!)
Keep your head up & stick on the ice!