Here Comes the Sun 2020 (Draft Edition)

by Lowetide

As it turns out, I didn’t tweak the June 1 Top 125 list. My overwhelming thought was that the list on this blog is about math, and math didn’t change after I compiled it. I’m sure there will be several names who go much higher or lower, but that’s not really the point. I do the list before others drop so that the Lowetide list can stand on its own. This isn’t a scout’s list, it’s a math list. Over the years, it’s done very well. Let’s go.

THE ATHLETIC!

I’m proud to be writing for The Athletic, and pleased to be part of a great team with Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis. Here is our recent work.

PRELUDE

I use NHLE as a strong guiding light. I also use scouting reports from trusted sources and publications. I punish poor foot speed liberally. My list list rewards offense heavily, and players with a range of skills usually do well, but there is a fine line between a two-way player and a minor-league future. That’s the biggest difference between my 2013 list and this one: Offense is king.

The biggest difference between my 2016 list and the 2020 edition? Pretty much all rankings now have the small skill players flooding the first round, in the case of this year, the top-10 overall.

Corey Pronman has been an education for years now, his final list is here. Scott Wheeler is a unique voice, his final list is here.

Craig Button’s list has high value for me, I like the fact he has the courage of his convictions. I pay attention to Red Line Report. Steve Kournianos provides mountains of useful information. I value McKeens, Grant McCagg, Tom Hunter, Brock Otten, Adam Sherren, ISS. I miss Simon Boisvert but he does appear in McCagg’s Recrutes with a fantastic top 31.

I do have conversations with scouts in junior hockey and they are very helpful. This year’s list has less outside input, it’s been a weird year.

Hockey Prospect.com is a brilliant reference. Mark Edwards release last year has been very useful for this year’s draft. Highly recommended. If there’s one publication I would suggest purchasing, it would be Edwards.

I have been following the NHL draft since 1971, so can blame politics, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne and Phil Russell for this obsession. Each year has a wrinkle. This is the year of the small forward. Here is the 2020 list.

THE TOP 30, 2020

1 L Alexis Lafreniere. Expect greatness, fleet scorer who plays with an edge.
2 LC Quinton ByfieldPower forward with mad skill. Aug 2002, 6.04, 215. Run!
3 LC Tim Stutzle. Dynamic player, highlight reel offense. Tremendous skater. May play wing.
4 LC Marco Rossi. Good speed, exciting, range of skills. Exceptional talent. He belongs here.
5 RHD Jamie Drysdale. Great speed, passing and instincts, instant offense.
6 LC Cole Perfetti. Outstanding talent, not as fast as top forwards, has tremendous skill.
7 RW Alexander Holtz. First-shot scorer with a range of skills, he’s an electric player.
8 LW Lucas Raymond. Smart player who has ridiculous skill. March 2002. Fine skater.
9 RW Jack Quinn. Impressive offensive winger was a late breaker. Pure goal scorer.
10 RW Dawson Mercer. Impressive player who is both scorer and playmaker.

The top 8 names seem secure, lots of disagreement on Quinn but I think there’s too much goal scoring there to pass on. We’ll find out tonight. Dawson Mercer has fallen on many lists since my June 1 publishing, but math liked him a lot before and likes him just as much now. Craig Button had him at No. 17 on his final list.

11 RC Mavrik Bourque. Creative, great passer, great shot. Plays in tough areas.
12 LC Connor Zary. Quick, smart two-way center effective across 200 feet.
13 LD Jake Sanderson. Smart, fast two-way defenseman has complete skill set.
14 LC Anton Lundell. Complete skill set, average speed but improving.
15 RC Seth Jarvis. Jarvis is a fantastic player, undersized and skilled. Big second half.
16 RW Noel Gunler. Has a great release and an impressive resume. Attractive option.
17 G Yaroslav Askarov. Unusual style. June 2002, has a .923 VHL save percentage.
18 RC Jacob Perreault. Skates well, great shot, great numbers, excellent passer.
19 LC Jan Mysak. Skilled and is effective in all areas. Major move in second half.
20 LD Kaiden Guhle. Big defenseman has good foot speed and full skill set.

This is the area Oilers fans will be concentrating on today and tonight. Sanderson and Lundell are likely to be gone by the time Edmonton selects, possibly Askarov and Guhle too. There’s plenty of talent remaining. I like Jarvis, and wonder if Perreault’s speed and shot are attractive to Edmonton. If he was a little bigger….. I like Mysak more than anyone and make no apologies.

21 LD Jérémie Poirier. Smart offensive defender, puck transporter.
22 RD Braden Schneider. Fine skater, physical, smart two-way defenseman.
23 LW Lukas Reichel. Mid-season riser. He has skill, speed and plays with abandon.
24 LW Rodion Amirov. Great tools. A fast train in a draft season with slow boats.
25 LW Dylan Holloway. Big power forward. Strong skater, nice range of skills.
26 LC Ridly Greig. Smart offensive with good instincts, August 2002. Agitator.
27 RC Tyson Foerster. Great offensive weapon, quick release and accurate.
28 LC Hendrix Lapierre. Skill center projects as a playmaker. Injury a worry.
29 RHD Justin Barron. Mobile blue can defend. Lacks top-end offensive ability.
30 LW John-Jason Peterka. A speedy winger with skill, survived in a men’s league.

There are four players I have ranked from 21-30 who Edmonton might consider at No. 14: Amirov, Holloway, Greig and Lapierre. Holloway seems to have some real momentum, so maybe he lands at No. 14. Greig would probably involve trading down. Amirov and Lapierre have been strong in early games in their respective leagues in 2020-21.

NOs. 31-60, 2020

31 LW Martin Chromiak. One of the most skilled players in the draft.
32 LW Brendan Brisson. Undersized speedster spiked late. Big riser.
33 LD William Wallinder. Big (6.04, 195) 2-way defenseman with good speed.
34 LW Jake Neighbours. He’s skilled, gritty and plays a strong two-way game.
35 RW Zion Nybeck. Undersized playmaker, great passer. Impressive speed.
36 RC Jean-Luc Foudy. Speedy center plus skill, mediocre season.
37 LD Emil Andrae. Fast defenseman with offensive potential. Plus passer.
38 LC Ty Smilanic. Lean center, plus skater and pure scorer. Had mono.
39 LC Vasili Ponomaryov. Great hands and good speed, he’s a little under the radar
40 RW Ozzy Wiesblatt. Undersized winger is aggressive, fast and skilled.

41 RW Sam Colangelo. Big power winger with skill, scored 28 goals in 44 games.
42 RW Luke Evangelista. Skill winger, great passer, plays in all disciplines.
43 RD Helge Grans. Solid two-way defenseman with good size and speed.
44 RW Connor McClennon. Numbers are solid to excellent. Undersized, range of skills.
45 RC Jack Finley. An August 2002 and a big pivot, he plays a fairly complete game.
46 RW Kasper Simontaival. Unusual skating style but he’s quick and has high-end skill.
47 RC Justin Sourdif. Two-way winger gained notice at the Hlinka, solid season.
48 LW Veeti Miettinen. Undersized winger, fills the net with pucks.
49 RW Pavel Novak. Speedster with skill, he’s a scorer.
50 LW Sean Farrell. A good skater with plus skills, spiked offensively.

51 LW Daniel Torgersson. He has size and good speed.
52 LC Thomas Bordeleau. Owns a great shot and is highly skilled with the puck.
53 RC Tyler Tullio. Small playmaking pivot. Good passer, great shot.
54 RW Ryan Francis. Playmaking winger who plays a smart game.
55 RC Theodor Niederbach. Skill center is a late breaker this draft.
56 LW Carter Savoie. Small, fleet skill winger delivered 99 points in 54 games.
57 LD Ryan O’Rourke. Good size (6.02, 181) projects as a top-four defenseman.
58 LW Brett Berard. Small skill winger with good hands.
59 RW Daniil Gushchin. Small, speedy playmaking forward. Good numbers.
60 LW Oskar Magnusson. Smaller winger good speed and two-way acumen.

This is the group the Oilers will have to wave to on Wednesday, unless Holland finds a way to trade in. There are many quality names here, I’ll mention Vasili Ponomaryov, Helge Grans, Veeti Miettinen and Ryan O’Rourke.

NOs. 61-90, 2020

61 RC Jaromir Pytlik. He’s a fine skater and has two-way skills.
62 RD William Villeneuve. Tall, thin two-way blue spiked offensively.
63 LW Owen Pederson. Pederson scored 28 goals in 61 games.
64 LC Marat Khusnutdinov. Small (5.09, 165) two-way center with great wheels.
65 LW Will Cuylle. Has a great shot, plus size and skill. Smart winger.
66 LD Lukas Cormier. Undersized skill defender with good speed and skill.
67 RD Michael Benning. Impressive skills (fine skater, excellent passer).
68 RW Brandon Coe. Power forward scored 25 goals in the OHL this season.
69 LC Roni Hirvonen. Undersized two-way playmaker can play center or wing.
70 LW Luke Tuch. Alex Tuch’s brother, he plays a similar style with less offense.

71 RC Tristan Robins. Impressive numbers, he is very skilled.
72 LD Yan Kuznetsov. He’s 6.03, 201, 18 and regarded as a solid defender.
73 LC Antonio Stranges. Terrific speed and skill, disappointing season.
74 RW Alexander Pashin. Small winger with impressive skill can score and pass.
75 RW Dylan Peterson. Big W with skill/speed, shy offensively this season.
76 RD Topi Niemela. Niemela skates well, playing in Liiga. Some chaos.
77 LD Shakir Mukhamadullin. He’s 6.04, 178 and raw. Good speed, talent.
78 LW Roby Jarventie. He’s an August 2002 and a nice size and speed combination.
79 LD Eemil Viro. Small, fast offensive defender, no dominant skill.
80 G Calle Clang. Good size, a .913 SP and stellar work at the Hlinka.

81 LW Kyle Crnkovic. Small (5.07) doubled his point total season over season.
82 LC Elliot Ekmark. High skill, elusive, great speed, undersized.
83 RW Wiljami Myllylä. Speed demon, gaudy scoring numbers for days.
84 LC Theo Rochette. Undersized two-way center, intriguing offense.
85 RD Luke Prokop. A giant (6.04, 218) able to close gaps and suppress offense.
86 LD Tyler Kleven. A big shutdown defenseman (6.04, 201) with good speed.
87 G Sam Hlavaj. Boasts a .915 save percentage and stands 6.04, 218.
88 G Nico Daws. .924 save percentage represents a big performance spike.
89 LC Daniel Ljungman. Emerged at the Hlinka Gretzky. Great release.
90 G Joel Blomquist. Strong numbers (.929), good glove.

Oilers will get a pick in this range, I might use it on Roby Jarventie. Tristan Robins is very popular on this blog and I do have a feeling we’ll see Edmonton take a WHL player this year. This is the first segment of my list where I’m certain someone won’t get drafted. I’m pretty sure the top 60 on my list go, but there will be some names 61-90 who pass through the draft. Happens every year. Calle Clang is my goalie, that name and his resume are too, too good to pass up.

NOs. 91-125, 2020

91 LC Cameron Berg. Good speed and skill.
92 G Dylan Garand. Eye popping SP (.921) for June 2002, but he’s only 6.0.
93 RC Zayde Wisdom. Pure scorer, strong season, wheels are the concern.
94 LW Emil Heineman. Older prospect, good size and speed.
95 LD Daemon Hunt. Will earn his money as a shutdown defenseman.
96 LW Pavel Gogolev. Now 20, he is fast and has a great shot.
97 LC Juuso Mäenpää. Very small but highly skilled playmaker.
98 LW Maxim Groshev. Skilled and determined with the puck on his stick.
99 RD Kasper Puutio. Good Hlinka and then a strong late push after being dealt.
100 LW Cross Hanas. Speedy winger scored 22 goals in Portland.

101 LC Evan Vierling. Playmaking center spiked late. Excellent passer.
102 LW Yevgeni Oksentyuk. Impressive season for Feb. 2001, under the radar skill W.
103 RD Alex Cotton. Big defenseman with a great shot, overager.
104 LD Anton Johannesson. Small puck mover is a wizard, could be a steal.
105 RD Billy Constantinou. Chaos blue made my list last year, worth a late flier.
106 G Brett Brochu. Under the radar goalie who delivered a .919 SP as a rookie.
107 RC Josh Pillar. Fast player, spiked offensively, could be underrated here.
108 LW Blake Biondi. High skill, great speed.
109 RC Colby Ambrosio. Speedster, very skilled, I love his resume. He’s a bullet.
110 LW James Hardie. Volume shooter, 34 goals, one dimensional.

111 RD Thimo Nickl. Strong skater, two-way blue, December 2001.
112 RD Eamon Powell. Impressive skater can move the puck effectively
113 LD Donovan Sebrango. Two-way defender, excellent skater.
114 LD Dave Ma. Tremendous skater and very creative.
115 LW Rory Kerins. 30 goals for an April 2002 is worth drafting.
116 LD Mitch Miller. Fine skater, has two-way skills.
117 RW Oliver Suni. Strong winger with range of skills.
118 G Devon Levi. Impressive .941 SP.
119 LC Michal Gut. Skill center, average speed, August 2002.
120 LW Eric Juhlin. Good shot, solid (13 goals in 36 games) at even strength.

121 RD Ian Moore. Massachusetts offensive defenseman.
122 LW Maxim Beryozkin. Size, speed, skill, shot. Average speed is the worry.
123 LHD Alexander Nikishin.
 Good skater, plus shot, he’s a throwback who hits to hurt.
124 G Drew Commesso. Good size, thrived wherever he played in 2019-20.
125 RD Ethan Edwards. Impressive speed and skill puck mover.

We’re past the group who are great bets but there are good ones here. Pavel Gogolev, Anton Johannesson, Brett Brochu, James Hardie and Devon Levi.

OILERS MOCK!

No. 14 overall: RC Seth Jarvis, Portland Winterhawks (WHL). I am not completely convinced the Oilers will take a small forward (see my article at The Athletic this morning) but it’s the right play here. Anton Blundell’s availability may change things, and I wonder if Rodion Amirov and Dylan Holloway are too much for Tyler Wright and Ken Holland to resist. Still, if you’re looking for the best available player, Jarvis is absolutely it if he’s on the board at No. 14 overall. NHLE: 41.8

No. 76 overall: LW Daniel Gushchin, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL). Speedy winger with terrific skill, his size (5.08, 167) will be a drawback for some teams. Red Line compares him to Kailer Yamamoto. NHLE: 24.8

No. 135 overall: RW Zayde Wisdom, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Agitating winger with skill, he’s an actual Coke Machine (5.10, 199) but has boundless energy and real scoring ability. NHLE: 25.2

No. 169 overall: G Devon Levi, Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL). Guy Flaming said he was an intelligent guy and a great interview, and he had a .941 save percentage last season.

No. 200 overall: LD Peetro Seppälä (Liiga) 41, 2-10-12. He was a regular in the Liiga a year ago and is back with KooKoo again this season. Has size and some skill, easy to get lost in the flood of Finnish blue. NHLE: 10.9.

CONNOR MCDAVID

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid has Covid-19. He is young, healthy and I’m sure taking all precautions. It’s a concern and one can feel for him having two offseasons in a row derailed by genuine health issues. We wish him a full recovery, know he is going to be well cared for, and await news of his being healthy again soon. Get well soon, Mr. McDavid!

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, we get ready for the 2020 draft with great guests and your input. Scott Wheeler at The Athletic joins us with last minute news on players like Askarov, Amirov and Lapierre who may be spiking. Jason Gregor will pop in at 11 to talk Oilers tonight at the draft, and in trade and free agency over the rest of the week. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. This is it!

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Ribs

€√¥£€^$: If he turns out to be a Chris Kreider clone, how would you feel?

I’d be okay with that. In many drafts that would be a big win for a 14th overall pick. I just sort of cringe at the thought of passing on some really skilled offensive players for him in this particular draft.

The Oilers need more players like Holloway and it’s good to have his ilk cost controlled for as long as possible. And who knows, maybe he blossoms into something special when all is said and done. Here’s hoping!

OriginalPouzar

jp,

I did not know there was one.

Thanks.

OriginalPouzar

I know Holland says he’s likely to go the free agent route for a goalie but why hasn’t he acquired Linus Ullmark yet?

jp

OP, come to the new thread.

OriginalPouzar

How much does a bought out Wenberg cost? Less than the $3M saved by not signing AA?

OriginalPouzar

Glovjuice:
So, the Oilers have gotten zero for 2 second round picks, Benning, Anathasiou, and probably Klefbomb. Stunning. It’s gonna be a while till this team wins a cup.

Cap space is one of the biggest assets in the NHL these days….

OriginalPouzar

JOFA:
Hopefully Benning will sign for less.

Holland did try and get him under contract at a lower number but, at least as of now, they haven’t been able to strike a deal and Benning will go to market. Could still circle back but I doubt it at this point.

OriginalPouzar

Can’t believe Mysak is going to slip to the 2nd round…….. how does Holland get a 2nd?

Glovjuice

So, the Oilers have gotten zero for 2 second round picks, Benning, Anathasiou, and probably Klefbomb. Stunning. It’s gonna be a while till this team wins a cup.

OriginalPouzar

Holland did indeed speak with Puljujarvi today (and yesterday) – says lines of communication are good and he’s hopeful to get him signed.

Bling

OriginalPouzar:
The mood in here mirrors the mood after the 2019 1st round (maybe a bit less “anger”).

With full respect to LT, of note, LT had Broberg down his list last year as well – not quite as far as DH but down at 16.

Now, miles to go on the Broberg pick but, a season later, I think the “vibe” around that pick is vastly different.

My initial reaction is disappointment but I will fully support this player and his development and it may very well turn out to be a great pick.

The Holloway pick is fascinating. I am very intrigued, in a good way.

Splits on Holloway:

Full Season 35 GP: 8G, 9A, 17 points
First 25 GP: 3G, 5A, 8 points
Last 10 GP: 5G, 4A, 9 points

Even Strength: 7G, 7A, 14P
PP: 1G, 2A, 3P

http://collegehockeyinc.com/stats/players20.php?wism19

In comparison, check out the EV/PP splits of Caufield and Turcotte.

Caufield:

EV: 12 G, 10A, 22P
PP: 7G, 7A, 14P

http://collegehockeyinc.com/stats/players20.php?wism21

Turcotte:

EV: 5G, 8A, 13P
PP: 4G, 9A, 13P

http://collegehockeyinc.com/stats/players20.php?wism22

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So Holloway actually outperformed Turcotte (who went 5th overall last year) at even strength, despite being 7 months younger.

Caufield is a monster, but Holloway is younger than him by almost 9 months. It also seems as though Holloway was used sparingly on the PP.

I predict that this will look like a very good pick one year from now – perhaps the way Broberg is looking now.

Crazy Pedestrian

Holloway was the pick, and I will cheer like crazy for him. I’m sure Holland knows better than us how good this kid is. Can’t be disappointed when other teams pick your player before you get a chance (mine was Jarvis)

Go Oilers Go!

JOFA

Hopefully Benning will sign for less.

OriginalPouzar

Tom Gazzola
@TomGazzola
Ken Holland says he does not expect to extend qualifying offers to Andreas Athanasiou and Matt Benning.

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Well, there you go.

OP not happy on Benning – hopefully Holland has a plan for the right side depth (in particular if both Jones and Russell are needed on the left side…..)

Crazy Pedestrian

Of course Calgary still gets the player we should have picked even after dropping 5 spots.

JOFA

Nice work by the Flames. Zary and two extra picks.

Decidedly Skeptical Fan

Looks like several teams received a version of McKenzie’s list that was hacked by the Russians.

Crazy Pedestrian

Victoria Oil:
Coulda, would, shoulda. I was hoping the Oilers would have traded down if Quinn, Jarvis and Askarov were all gone. We may have still got Holoway at 20-22, especially given that #20 and #21 went off the board.

Speaking of which, I have no idea why CBJ wouldn’t have picked their guy with a later pick or traded down given how far off the board they went.

There may not have been a team willing to trade up that high at the time. They may have had the same feelings that their Preferred players would drop to them (after Jarvis was gone)

Crazy Pedestrian

Glad he didn’t go to Calgary.

GordieHoweHatTrick

Flames growing picks like weed…

Victoria Oil

Coulda, would, shoulda. I was hoping the Oilers would have traded down if Quinn, Jarvis and Askarov were all gone. We may have still got Holoway at 20-22, especially given that #20 and #21 went off the board.

Speaking of which, I have no idea why CBJ wouldn’t have picked their guy with a later pick or traded down given how far off the board they went.

Decidedly Skeptical Fan

Scouting report: Mukhamadulin’s decision-making leaves a lot to be desired at this point.

He should fit in nicely with the devil’s management team.

Crazy Pedestrian

Calgary is doing the MacT draft stocking and only moving 5 spots down.
Damn your competent trading Calgary!!!

JOFA

Go Calgary

Decidedly Skeptical Fan

Ice Sage: They did have an extra bullet.I was hoping they’d have a jersey with that Russian kid’s name on it

Whatafuckamidoin … it’s definitely a mouthful.

godot10

godot10:
Jarmo looks at McKenzie’s list, and laughs at it.

Jarmo looks at everybody’s lists, and laughs at them.

geowal

Columbus outdoes Jersey

godot10

Jarmo looks at McKenzie’s list, and laughs at it.

Crazy Pedestrian

Calgary been at 0:00 for over a minute

Kinger_Oil.redux

– I see what you did here LT: “and I wonder if Rodion Amirov and Dylan Holloway are too much for Tyler Wright and Ken Holland to resist”

geowal

You’re slipping LT, don’t even have this pick on your 125

Ice Sage

Decidedly Skeptical Fan: Looks like you were right once again. NJ screwed themselves worse than EDM did.

They did have an extra bullet. I was hoping they’d have a jersey with that Russian kid’s name on it

Decidedly Skeptical Fan

godot10:
Told the Devils to trade up to get their defensemen. They didn’t listen.

Looks like you were right once again. NJ screwed themselves worse than EDM did.

Death By Misadventure

godot10:
Told the Devils to trade up to get their defensemen. They didn’t listen.

… and so they set their pick on fire.

godot10

Told the Devils to trade up to get their defensemen. They didn’t listen.

Jaxon

Nope, guess not.

Pretendergast

OriginalPouzar,

Get outta here with your measured responses. We need Hyperbole! Nobody knows where Wisconsin is! Holloway is a unit, he benches fridges, and ladies!

Oil telegraphed the pick 2 years in a row you say? Shoot Jim in accounting, hes always flappin his yap. if he doesnt squeal, we can spare the lead for all our sakes. #plugtheleak

When JP gets tossed for a 2nd and we draft Marc Pouliots 3rd niece, then I may start to think this team doesnt know a thing or two about winning. We’ll all grab the pitchforks while LT starts playing Women and Children First in a cacophany of fire, brimstone, and bitter sadness.

May you live in interesting times my shoe.

Decidedly Skeptical Fan

digger50:
I think it was always going to be Holloway wasn’tt it?

Oilers going for “potential” and banking that the offense will come. It may the consensus recognized that this pick had potential but didn’t know how to measure it. The verbal is not all that flattering. “Great north south guy” “great fore checker”

Pray the Oilers scouts seem something that was better than high hockey iq.

LT had this pick predicted months ago and was correct. I’m looking forward to hearing some player summaries.

A better Mark Jankowski

Jaxon

Well NYR pick Lapierre to go with Lafreniere?

striker

Damn you Calgary, stop buying lottery tickets and increasing your odds

digger50

I think it was always going to be Holloway wasn’t t it?

Oilers going for “potential” and banking that the offense will come. It may the consensus recognized that this pick had potential but didn’t know how to measure it. The verbal is not all that flattering. “Great north south guy” “great fore checker”

Pray the Oilers scouts seem something that was better than high hockey iq.

LT had this pick predicted months ago and was correct. I’m looking forward to hearing some player summaries.

€√¥£€^$

Ribs:
Rambunctious hockey for the win. Less risky but maybe not as much upside as others. Hmm…

If he turns out to be a Chris Kreider clone, how would you feel?

pts2pndr

Harpers Hair:
Well the Oilers got their 3C.

Will only have to wait three years for him to arrive.

Back to your bridge troll. Can’t wait until you eat crow on this selection.

Decidedly Skeptical Fan

striker:
Hoping for Flames to “Mark Jankowski” their pick now

Too late … we picked Holloway before they could select him.

OriginalPouzar

The mood in here mirrors the mood after the 2019 1st round (maybe a bit less “anger”).

With full respect to LT, of note, LT had Broberg down his list last year as well – not quite as far as DH but down at 16.

Now, miles to go on the Broberg pick but, a season later, I think the “vibe” around that pick is vastly different.

My initial reaction is disappointment but I will fully support this player and his development and it may very well turn out to be a great pick.

GordieHoweHatTrick

Jaxon: I think so. He’s the one constant over all those years isn’t he?

Just glad they have finally tuned him out!

Ribs

Rambunctious hockey for the win. Less risky but maybe not as much upside as others. Hmm…

Jaxon

GordieHoweHatTrick: Is Stuffer the real reason for the leftorium??

I think so. He’s the one constant over all those years isn’t he?

striker

Hoping for Flames to “Mark Jankowski” their pick now