Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The Canadiens won't draft Frédérik Gauthier or Nikita Zadorov

 To satisfy my inner draft-nerd needs, I've been Googling and found this handy resource from MyNHLdraft.com, it's a 'dashboard' of the Top 30 picks according to various drafting services and prognosticators.

This gives us a sense of where a player might fall, whether it be a Valery Nichushkin or a Frédérik Gauthier.  For me, the Nikita Zadorov dream is dead.  So might be, to a lesser degree, the Anthony Mantha 'kind of' wish.

There are some significant discrepancies with the NHL's Central Scouting final rankings, notably how they have Mr. Zadorov ranked as the #22 North American skater.  When you fold in the Europeans and maybe a goalie or two, you think he'd be down around #30 when the draft happens, but some services in the dashboard have him as high as #7.

When Bob McKenzie releases his final rankings, we'll be able to compare to those and they're usually reliable, made from the combined rankings of a number of NHL teams.

We also have to factor in that the Flames' Jay Feaster, after desperately trying to trade down and feverishly attempting to trade up, will take a Quebec high school player as his first-rounder, and that should bump every other prospect down one rung.

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