Watching some video on the potential guys. Defensemen are harder for me to pick out because my kid plays offense and I don’t know the nuts and bolts of playing defense.
Bedard, Fantilli, Smith, and Carlson seem to be a consensus 1-4. We may have the choices of Michkov, Moore, Leonard, Dvorsky, Wood, and Perrault. The D men are supposedly a reach for top 10 picks anyway.
I’m not feeling Dvorsky or Moore. Wood looked ok but so many of his goals are from one area of the ice.
Michkov…very quick release and really good anticipation. Sees the shooting lanes before they open up and the shot is already on the way. His size is an issue I think. If he can stay in open ice like Matt Barzal, he could be really good.
Perrault looked pretty solid. Shifty. Plays well off the puck. Skill wise it seems he’s solid at everything but nothing really stands out. He wouldn’t be a bad pick if he’s there. Honestly Will Smith kept jumping out on the videos while watching Perrault. He’s going to be good.
Benson was another solid player, but I think we have a virtually identical prospect with Brink. Good vision and passer.
I really liked Leonard, but I don’t think he’ll last to 7.
If for some draft night character issue pops up and Bedard, Smith, or Fantilli drop. I’d run to the podium and not look back. I haven’t looked at Carlson, but I’m sure the Flyers have done their due diligence. I imagine he’s in the same category.
My pick is Leonard if he’s there, then Michkov even if we’ve got wait for him. I think they are going to be picks 5 and 6 anyway. I think our pick will likely be Wood, Perrault, or Benson. They all have the potential to be a good player, but I don’t think we’re good to get an elite player here. I’d be disappointed with Dvorsky or Moore because I think we’d be reaching just because they are centers.