BigTed3 Posted August 7, 2022 Report Share Posted August 7, 2022 Since we're not likely to be a playoff team and we have two 1st round picks already, I figured it's not too early to kickstart this discussion. Next year's draft is looking to be a strong one. You have your Bedard, your Michkov, and your Fantilli, but the Hlinka Gretzky Cup just ended and there are a few guys who were already mocked to the first half of the 1st round who had impressive performances. The top standout was probably Brayden Yager, a right-handed center, who looked terrific. Calum Ritchie is another RH center who put up big offensive numbers. Zach Benson from the Winnipeg Ice, already thought to be better than Savoie and Geekie, also had a nice tournament. Add that to Charlie Stramel and Will Smith of the US, Dalibor Dvorsky from Slovakia, Kasper Halttunen of Finland, and others and the top 7-10 picks could all be very strong. The one deficiency that's clear so far is that all the top prospects are forwards. If we finish bottom 5, we should have good odds at getting a top 6 center. But it'll be hard to find a D man. Cameron Allen is the one D man who improved his stock from the Hlinka and might have a chance at breaking the top 5-10. We all know D men tend to move up the closer we get to the draft, but it's really looking like a cohort of elite scoring centers. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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