Yeah, if Lindholm is available at 9, you definitely have to take him. I don't care who else still hasn't been picked, you aren't getting much better than him in this draft, outside of the top 4/5. I don't really believe in "bad luck picking Swedes" when Lindholm is regarded as one of the best European prospects this year. If I recall correctly, both Tedenby and Bergfors were seen as risky picks anyway, so I'm not exactly surprised that neither has turned out (yet?). Also, w.r.t. Josefson: injuries are the only reason to say he hasn't worked out. I'm still very confident in his ability to succeed at the NHL level. I agree with Tri about how he may not be a top 6 player, but IMO that's mostly because of the team's depth at center with Loktionov (assuming he's here to stay) and Zajac.
That would be a dream come true if the Devils could get in on a trade with Carolina. I would really like to see Merrill in the NHL for some time this year. Do you think Fayne + 9 could actually get it done?