I'm cautiously optimistic about Severson. Coming from someone who admittedly doesn't watch any junior hockey and is not a scout, there are at least superficial comparisons to Shea Weber. Same junior team, both second round picks, similar physical build, same type of skill set, and Severson put up better traditional numbers (points, plus/minus) than Weber at the same stage. Plus Severson is still only 18.
Still, Severson was a late second round pick in a mediocre draft, and didn't slip for extracurricular activities like Merrill. I understand that draft position isn't the end all, be all, but obviously people who know a lot more about the sport than I do felt that there were 60 players that were better than him.
Basically, unless you're talking about someone with top ten pick skills, you can't count on them to be anything more than a servicable to good NHLer, and certainly not a savior.
I agree, but you just can't help but be excited. I mean, we have Merril, Urbom, Gelinas, Severson, Scarlett plus more and you can really still count Larsson in there. If we can turn 50% of our d prospects into NHL players and 1 of the guys not named Larsson becomes a top 4 d-man for us, we'll be doing pretty good.