This the first of my four draft preview articles. I identified 7 forwards I think could fit their needs and could very well be available at the 9th Overall pick. I think there is a defnite chance the Wild might trade up to get the forward they really want but we still are a few months away from the NHL Entry Draft which is set to be held in October. Probably towards the end of the week I'll post the next article.
Good insights, and I think will probably Pick Lundell, from what I've been seeing/reading is most mocks have Rossi and Holtz off the board by #9. They say that Lundell is a good two way center so would be a perfect Koivu replacement and someone we'd pick. Lundell says he tries to emulate Barkovs game so hopefully we don't get a Koivu 2.0 if we choose him. I have also seen a couple of mocks that have Perfetti falling to us a 9 but no way I think that will happen. I have also seen Iaroslav Askaro
I also filtered out people that have skating issues. Even if they might be highly ranked...I'm 100% not interested if they're average to slightly above average skaters. We can't keep drafting players without wheels and then wonder why we can't attack or defend effectively when our guys are 1 or more steps slower than our opponents.
I look at the defenseman available in this year's draft. I have one more draft-focused article left which I will publish probably this weekend. Also, the draft dates hae been announced, on October 6th & 7th, 2020. Enjoy and discuss. I really like Schneider's skillset.
Lynxrattle, yes, so far for the big club we have just one Kaprizov. But, by the help mainly of our GM Guerin, we have already plenty of promising Russian prospects in our system, which need carefully to evaluate and to develop as a future NHL-ers - Firstov, Nesterenko, Guskov, Sokolov, Khovanov, Lodnia, Gordeev, and possibly for the 4th line, Svetlakov who has a nice experience in KHL by playing together with Kaprizov. The most closest candidates for the tryouts in the big club,in my opinion, ar
There was a big interview with Anton Lundell in the Finnish media:
It's in Finnish, unfortunately, but there's two interesting bits and pieces:
1. The kid has watched previous drafts live in the middle of the night - sounds passionate about the NHL
2. Team first guy