We are back folks. Had a nice long weekend. Watched some playoff hockey (and a bunch of other sports). Looks like the Rangers are in trouble of blowing a 3-1 series lead. The Devils didn’t look good Sunday night either. What are your thoughts on tonight’s Ducks-Sharks Game 6?
Let’s talk the draft today. My interview requests of owner Bruce Levenson have been declined, so we’ll keep working the phones and get to other issues facing the team at a later date.
I must admit, I have to get up to speed on the draft. I know John Tavares and Victor Hedman. However, since the Thrashers are picking No. 4, neither will be around.
Until I get a chance to talk to Don Waddell and pick his brain about draft philosophy, etc., let’s just play general manager for the fun of it.
Anyone else think they go with an offensive player at No. 4? Got Zach Bogosian last year, that’s a big piece of defense. It’s no secret that the Thrashers need/want help for Ilya Kovalchuk.
Here is my list of contenders in order:
– Matt Duchene. The Brampton center scored 79 points in the OHL last season. He was named Best Playmaker and Best Stickhandler by coaches. Could he be the top line center Kovy needs?
– Evander Kane. The Vancouver center was top rookie in the WHL with 41 points last season. Played on a line with Duchene in CHL prospects game.
– Magnus Paajarvi-Svennson. He’s only 17 years old but was the fourth youngest player in the history of the Swedish Elite League.
– Brayden Schenn. The Brandon center scored 88 points in the WHL last season. He is the younger brother of Luke Schenn, who was the No. 5 pick last year by Toronto.
– Jacob Josefson. The center played in the Swedish Elite League last season and is ranked third among European skaters by the NHL.
Duchene is being compared to last year’s top pick Steven Stamkos. I’d take him if he makes it past Colorado at No. 3, but that might not happen.
OK, so educate me. Who would you take?
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Thrashers have nine players in the World Championships. The preliminary rounds are underway. Ilya Kovalchuk has two goals and an assist for Russia. No other Thrasher has a goal, but Ron Hainsey has an assist for the U.S., Colby Armstrong has an assist for Canada and Ilya Nikulin has an assist for Russia. Zach Bogosian and Colin Stuart are playing for the U.S. Tobias Enstrom is a plus-3 for Sweden. Anssi Salmela is playing for Finland and Boris Valabik is playing for Slovakia.