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I'm just going to repost this...
This is a draft that has been anticipated by scouts for a couple of years, led by talented center Nate MacKinnon and American defenseman Seth Jones. But once scouts get an opportunity to truly examine a draft class, the enthusiasm typically dissipates with focus turning toward the next great class. So I checked with a couple of respected scouts to see if this draft still has them excited.
In short, the answer is yes.
"I would say there are maybe six guys that could change the fortunes of a team," said one team's head of amateur scouting.
How does that compare with last year?
"If you looked at last year's, the thing was -- was there one? It's not that it wasn't a good draft but when you start looking at players that can actually alter the landscape or really have a significant impact on a daily basis, that's what everyone is waiting to see," he said.
Another scout was kinder to last year's draft, saying there were two or three players who potentially could be considered franchise players. When I presented him with the suggestion that there were six players in this year's draft that may alter the landscape of a franchise, he agreed.
"Yeah, and I think you even go as high as 10 being impact players," he said. "It'll be interesting to see. We could have the most first-round picks next year playing in the NHL [immediately after the draft] in recent memory."
This year's draft in New Jersey will be the first under the new CBA. In the previous system, only the five worst teams had a chance at the No. 1 overall pick, with the remaining teams moving up a maximum of four spots if they won the lottery. That limitation is gone now.
According to an NHL source, the league and the NHLPA still haven't finalized exactly how the weighted lottery will look. According to the source, if the two sides don't agree to a change, the percentages will be the same as under the previous CBA with the difference being that any team can earn the No. 1 pick. Using those percentages, the team that finishes with the worst record has a 25 percent chance of picking first. The No. 14 team is 0.5 percent. If the season ended Tuesday morning the Capitals would have an 18.8 percent chance of picking first and the Flyers a 10.7 percent chance. Putting Seth Jones on the Flyers and MacKinnon on the Capitals could significantly shift the balance of power in the Eastern Conference.
MacKinnon just beat out my random Subbanish black defensemen for the Calder in NHL13 so yea hes pretty much a beast
"I like fixing broken things" - Kevin Plank
It's so ironic that after years of needing a second center we finally go get him the year we dump Semin. He turns out to be easily our best player and we don't even get anything out of it.
watching those youtube vids is like looking at pictures of dead loved ones.
Best part is he's signed at $9.5M through 2021
I need Popeye's son. He's a stud and I just want the novelty of it.
how I feel also :(
Jackie Robinson isn't dirty. This isn't Pack Pride.
I just realized my favorite hockey moment from the past four years was the Patrick Thoresen castration.
I am a DC sports fan and good things do not happen to me.
Back then, nothing was impossible.
Wtf happened? I can't believe this is how its all unfolding. If you told me back when I was in high school that we'd get no Cups out of the Ovi/Young Guns era I would've laughed at you. Jokes on us I guess
Even though we lost the game the high point for me might have been Laich's goal with like 6 seconds left to tie Montreal when we were trying to get the winning streak to 18 or something.
If we lose both home games this weekend VC is going to be a morgue on Tuesday against Toronto
We can still flip him at the deadline. Who knows, maybe some team gets desperate.
Desperate?? Ribero would be a coup at the deadline for anyone. He's a very good player.
I just mean in terms of what return we can get.
But Ted will still tout how it was another sellout.
No chance that game is a legitimate sellout. But yes, he will count it as one.
Countdown till Ted converts some part of the phone booth into a party deck...
We need this because the timing would be perfect. Get all those guys on their entry level deals for a couple years until Ovechkin's albatross comes off the books and we can shitcan him to go forward with the new YOUNG GUNS (with only one Russian!).
Two, hopefully Orlov will still be around and good. And Hogie, trade Brouwer and keep Chimera and your lineup is awesome. Plus losing Schultz and Brouwer's contracts might actually give us some money to land Perry.
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