Just look at the names that went off the board in that same draft before Carter Hart.
Laberge was ranked higher than where the Flyers took him in his draft year, and generally higher than Debrincat. He was a high-skill, high upside pick. The problem with where Laberge is is most likely related to this right here:
By most accounts, he's never been the same player after that.
Completely agree. I am thinking , that our team will look even better in 3-4 years, when the most drafted promising players will be playing for the big club. Regarding Barkov's play as a top center for the team, it is sounds intriguing perspective.
I am still hoping , the NHL will start the new season on December 1, but not next year. As sooner as better. From my current 9 months experience under COVID pandemic by working at 7 hospitals, masks do not help a lot. I already was sick 3 times
On it's face, I think Toronto at best is treading water. Thornton is a good pickup, but Simmonds has unfortunately seemed cooked for the past two years. They will bring some accountability to the locker room though, if that was lacking. I don't think they make up for the losses of Kapanen and Johnsson on the scoresheet.
Barrie wasn't great in TO, but I still think there's a bit of a downgrade going to Brodie. Bogosian's health will be a question mark all season- he's hit 65 games onc