Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Pavel Buchnevich, Mar 7, 2018.
Craig button compare his skill set to Elias pettersson.
He seems to be the most controversial top half pick thats for sure. Anywhere from 3-15, but probably top ten
Doesn't shoot like Pettersson though. He's faster & relies on his speed more. Also plays the perimeter more.
Not the greatest comparison IMO.
I don't think so, at all. Will be picked somewhere between 5-9. Newhook( league),Caufield(size), Podkolzin( KHL, stats), Kaliyev(skating), are far more controversial.
Zegras doesn't really have any issues, except that he isn't Hughes or Turcotte.
His world-class vision on display right now.
Kid seriously has eyes in the back of his head.
Is Turcotte really better than Zegras?
Watching Turcotte to me is like.... Imagine if ROR played like Toews. Stocky guy with non-stop motor, great skater, but the two-way selke level D that Toews has.
Potential: 70 point C w/ Selke votes- That's like best case scenario for Turcotte IMO
He might not do a whole lot else, but he's the best passer I've ever seen. Over the course of the year just continues to make absurd passes look routine. He sees everything on the ice in his mind.
Turcotte's had two bad games in a row. I wouldn't overreact to that. He's been our best player this season.
Watching him he kind of reminds me of Matt Duchene style wise. Is that a good comparison for those who have watched him more?
The comparison is very dated, but the vision/IQ paired with the passing ability is like a modern hockey version of Igor Larionov. If you look at some of the high level passes that Zegras has made over the course of the season, I can't help but draw comparisons to what Larionov built his career on. That being said, I think Zegras has a slightly higher ceiling due to how the game has changed.
those days are gone my friend - smiles and laughing was going on after the B's and Leafs playoff series (our grandparents would roll over in their graves to hear that today), same for Caps and Canes..the game has changed, less and less goons on the ice, and kids at 14-15 years old are looking at this sport as a business now more than anything else. this has been the most dominating group of USNDP ever, this is the exception and not the norm...most years the USHL does just fine against this group - I am sure the opposition has looked at them in wonder out there as well with the skill they posses.
There are some similarities, but I would compare him more to Barzal.
7-10 is going to be so interesting this year with Podkolzin, Krebs, Zegras and Boldy likely to be there, on the assumption that Hughes, Kakko, Turcotte, Byram, Dach, Cozens are all off the board. Teams could also jump at Caufiled, Broberg, Newhook and make a surprise pick. Sabres, Oilers, and Ducks will have a ton of pressure on them as there are so many ways this could all shake out. Can't wait!
Depends if Pod goes Top 6 as well as that will push down one of Turcotte, Dach or Cozens. Maybe Byram.
You are right, going to be very interesting, maybe even 3-10?
It is going to be chaos from 3-10. Apparently Button says that he thinks Zegras is the best center after Hughes (this makes me think Button has him in the 3-5 range). The only player I can't see getting passed 5 is Byram.
Agree with Byram and I really hope Zegras falls to #7. I'm not sure what is a better place to be in terms of Chicago making a tough decision or the Sabres/Oilers taking the sliders. No complaints really! Excited for the draft for this reason alone.
I think too many people are thinking their own rankings are going to be what happens at the draft. McKenzie's rankings are the most accurate barometer of who will go where. There are a lot of dumb teams in the NHL that draft poorly, and thats often why they are in the lottery. I would be very surprised if Podkolzin drops more than a spot or two. He'll very likely go top 5 with the other two in the top 5 being two of the three CHL'ers. The only chance I think someone else goes in the top five is if Chicago picks Turcotte. Besides that, its going to be Hughes at 1, Kakko at 2, 3-6 Podkolzin, Cozens, Dach, Byram in some order.
I'm only half serious. Anybody that plays the game at any level today deserves the assurance that it is relatively safe and that they will leave the arena all in one piece. Physical play is fine within the rules.
I'd be really surprised if any of the above names didn't "fall" out of the Top-6. McKenzie offers good consensus, all it takes is for one team to really like a player.
Just the way he skated and handled the puck reminded me of Duchene in his early years. Seems more aware though and his vision is better imo.
Duchene was a better skater and puck handler, I think.
Here were all of Zegras's highlights from the U18's
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