Re: 2011 Draft
posted at 3/8/2011 8:23 AM EST
Thanks, Book, great post.
I agree about the Dmen -- and that's what I meant to say. That while they weren't rookies, they still did well in their first time up, so giving Larsson/Murphy/etc a year or two will help under the current system.
I know a lot of ppl on this site hate the idea of having an enforcer (I totally disagree), but it's good to know that McD may be the one in the wings. I know Chara and Lucic can handle themselves, but I haven't seen anything from Horton to make me think teams are afraid of him. Same for Ference. McQuaid could fill a hole, but as the 5th D, it'd be difficult to count on him in all situations.
I think having an enforcer-type player keeps people in check. Obviously, I wouldn't waste a 4th rounder on a thug, but 5th and beyond...
In Response to Re: 2011 Draft
[QUOTE]Phelt - all the D you mention didn't play in the NHL the year after they were drafted. Boychuk was drafted in 2002, McQuaid 2005, and Kampfer 2007, so that's a lot of years developing outside the NHL. Heck, if Hamilton or Murphy took a Boychuk timeline, Chara would be retired by the time they made the roster. So yeah, that's why they have Kaberle and everyone else. As for an enforcer, I give you Lane McDermid. At 6'3" and 205, he's not a superheavyweight, but he isn't a bad energy player and he can fight. Tyler Randell in Kitchener is another guy in line - he has 20 goals this year and had a 24 in 08-09 (his draft year). Both were drafted in 2009. I think if you're looking to draft a thug, it better be a thug who can play - otherwise why waste a draft pick? Interesting to think of this in the same context as D, though - I wonder if "enforcer who can play" doesn't take just as much time as D to learn at the NHL level. Lots of guys who can just fight like drunken hobos, but not as many who know how to contribute when not fighting , without taking stupid penalties, and who have the instinct and judgement to know when they can let slip the dogs of war.
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