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12 hours ago, EdgeControl said:

I'll take a sniper. who has the best wrist shot in the 10 to 15 pick range??... we need guys who can bury it when it on their stick

Tyson Jost has the 2nd best shot in this draft behind Laine imo, so that's who you should be hoping for based on that criteria.

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Can someone find a gas mask bong video of Laine so the Devil's can grab him as he slips?

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Jost ahead of Matthews? I admittedly don't know as much about this draft class as you do, but I was under the impression that Matthews and Laine were pretty close as far as shot goes.

Also, what are people's opinions on Chychrun? Many people aren't so high on him anymore and I was wondering why.

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I'd be very happy if Chychrun fell to us, but I doubt he will.  Jost may not be there as well. If Keller & Jost are both there, I prefer Keller.  All that I've read about him

is he's more likely to be a pro than some of the others. I watch highlights & I'm enamored with lots of players. Some of us might be disappointed with our pick, but we gotta trust Castron/Shero . Lots of folks don't want McLeod for some reason. Not sure why. He might be a better pro than expected. Tough call 

 

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If Nylander gets past Calgary, I hope Shero dangles one of our thirds to try and move up a few spaces.  A team like Arizona that wants to go defense might be willing to slide down.   

I think item #2 in the article below is interesting.  It someone in the 5-10 range reaches for Brown early, that really makes getting one of Nylander/Keller more realistic.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/10-takeaways-2016-nhl-scouting-combine/

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1 hour ago, Jerzey said:

I'm seeing more and more mock drafts with us taking McLeod. Is he really all that bad? Everything I read about him says he should be a 1c.

McCleod is very fast and people like his skills, but he put up disappointing numbers for his skill set.

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Thanks guys. I'm still hoping for Keller but I'm starting to think he's gone by 11. I don't know anything about McLeod, just that I've seen both him and Keller's name come up most as our pick.

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14 hours ago, nessus said:

Jost ahead of Matthews? I admittedly don't know as much about this draft class as you do, but I was under the impression that Matthews and Laine were pretty close as far as shot goes.

Also, what are people's opinions on Chychrun? Many people aren't so high on him anymore and I was wondering why.

IMO Jost's shot beats out Matthews', kid can seriously fire it. As far as i'm concerned the top 5 shots in the draft are:

1. Patrik Laine
2. Tyson Jost
3. Auston Matthews
4. Jesse Puljujarvi
5. Tage Thompson

EDIT: And as far as Chychrun goes, I think it's more so that others have passed him than his game has slipped. In particular, Sergachev has really secured himself as the best defenseman in this draft for me, his season was simply better than Chychrun's and that was also the case with players like Tkachuk and Dubois being able to pass Chychrun, they just simply had very good seasons and put themselves in good spots because of it. I'm still a big Chychrun fan, I see him probably going around 7th or 8th at this point though.

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26 minutes ago, SMantzas said:

I guess it's nearly impossible to know since NJ doesnt have a beat writer ATM, but any info on who we interviewed at the combine this past weekend?

Although TG attended combine last 2 years (I think) I don't think he knew which players interviewed w/ Conte etc. He didn't give us any more info say Mike Morreale. He would be in a scrum when reporters were talking to McDavid/or Eichel. 

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20 hours ago, SMantzas said:

How good does this look?:

Chychrun/Sergachyov-Larsson

Greene-Severson

NJ needs a RW or C soo badly though.

there's no reason we wont take a defenseman that we think is best player available.  as long as he's clearly viewed as better 

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I think we'd have to at least take a long hard look if one of Sergachev, Chychrun, or Juolevi is available at 11th, left side of our defense looks weak for the future if Merrill doesn't pan out into a serviceable guy, all 3 of the left shot defenseman projected to go high in this draft should become at least Top 4 defenders.

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11 minutes ago, CommonDreads said:

I think we'd have to at least take a long hard look if one of Sergachev, Chychrun, or Juolevi is available at 11th, left side of our defense looks weak for the future if Merrill doesn't pan out into a serviceable guy, all 3 of the left shot defenseman projected to go high in this draft should become at least Top 4 defenders.

Lots of possibilities if  two of them are sitting there.  One, it likely means that Edmonton was not able to deal its number 4 pick.  If that's the case, make a strong pitch for RNH with the 11th pick and something else.  You could also take one of them and try and sign a quality free agent like Loui Erickson.  You'd hate to pass up on someone like Keller or Jost (maybe both of them have been selected, which makes the choice easier), but you figure that someone like Erickson will be better than anyone you're drafting at that spot for the next three years or so.  Erickson's concussion issues, however, are pretty frightening. 

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There are a couple of topics on HF suggesting Larsson + for RNH +. Regardless of who or what it's for, I'm against giving up anything of good value for RNH. Not only does he seem to get injured a lot but he also seems like he's going to top out as a good 2C. I think we're deep enough, or potentially deep enough, with 2C's like Henrique, Zajac (for the near future), and possibly Quenneville, and maybe even Zacha. 

RNH might be a little better than them but IMO its not worthwhile for us to give up good assets to add him to what we already have. If the do want to use the 11th as a trade chip I'd rather they go in a different direction.

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22 hours ago, vadvlfan said:

Although TG attended combine last 2 years (I think) I don't think he knew which players interviewed w/ Conte etc. He didn't give us any more info say Mike Morreale. He would be in a scrum when reporters were talking to McDavid/or Eichel. 

IIRC, it got out that NJ interviewed guys like Domi, Shinkaruk and Zibanejad, but I have no idea if that was a Morreale type or Chere/TG

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1 hour ago, Jerzey said:

There are a couple of topics on HF suggesting Larsson + for RNH +. Regardless of who or what it's for, I'm against giving up anything of good value for RNH. Not only does he seem to get injured a lot but he also seems like he's going to top out as a good 2C. I think we're deep enough, or potentially deep enough, with 2C's like Henrique, Zajac (for the near future), and possibly Quenneville, and maybe even Zacha. 

RNH might be a little better than them but IMO its not worthwhile for us to give up good assets to add him to what we already have. If the do want to use the 11th as a trade chip I'd rather they go in a different direction.

The problem with trading Larsson for RNH is that it's a zero sum proposition for the Devils.  If the defense were as stacked as Nashville it would make sense like Seth Jones for Johnansen did. 

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1 hour ago, Daniel said:

The problem with trading Larsson for RNH is that it's a zero sum proposition for the Devils.  If the defense were as stacked as Nashville it would make sense like Seth Jones for Johnansen did. 

I'm just not sold on RNH being worth trading for. He'd probably be our best center but I personally don't think he's that much better than Henrique. We need a true 1c if we're trading good assets.

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I think the odds of adding Sergachev are extremely thin. A) I think he's going to be selected before the Devils pick and B) the Devils need offense so badly that I really see them selecting one of Jost, Keller or Brown (assuming no crazy Devils' trades). I also think that Chychrun is going to fall down the draft further than most people think ... and, in my opinion, he's the most likely of the top three defensemen the Devils might have an opportunity to draft. As such, I'd be really shocked if Juolevi or Sergachev are still on the table when the Devils head to the podium. Hence, I see nothing but a forward in the first round.

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Chychrun strikes me as a 3rd pairing D. Do not want at 11. Sergachev I would not mind, but I really do not think hes still going to be available at 11. Im not very familiar with Juolevi... but id rather pick a forward with 11 and hope we can get a left side'd D with our 2nd or 3rd.

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