Prospect Info: 2018 NHL Draft Part I

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    Yeah, not too high in Smith, mostly because we already have Butcher, and need a defenseman with more of a 2 Way game and more physicality. Still a good prospect that another team could use.
     
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    Good to see that Chainey is producing at the rate of a projected first rounder, and Is still 18
     
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    The fact that he hasn't played D that long, but already competes for team USA at the WJC says a ton though doesn't it?

    In an odd way I think the fact that D-men are in general getting smaller, makes the big d-man all the more valuable. I mean you look at him in those clips and he is a monster out there. Obviously they do need to be able to move their feet, and though Miller has good straight line speed, the foot movement defensively appeared lacking, so that to me is the biggest concern, can that be drilled into him? But overall he looks so impactful out there. Would love to see his shift by shift vs Canada from the WJC.
     
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    September b-day, one of the youngest guys in that draft class. Those type of guys are a good place to look for hidden gems imo.
     
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    Anyone think that Jett Alexander may be worth a look in the later rounds? He had a growth spurt and is now 6'4", had a .929 Save Percentage, I think there's a lot of potential there.
     
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    yeah i’d like to know more about him too.

    he’s a player that i see us targeting in a trade down situation. if we were to take him, i’d have full confidence in the choice, because the scouting staff has certainly seen a lot of him playing for Halifax.
     
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    My only problem with Miller is that most scouts say he’s 3 years away. Sounds like a lot for a 17th pick, in my opinion.
     
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    I've been browsing around some threads, and he seems to be really inconsistent. Some games he seems to be horrid, and ends up be the best performing defenseman in another.
     
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    I like him. Not sure at 17th.
     
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    saw one comment on a site say we may be a good partner to trade down with anaheim. something along the lines of

    to ana:
    #17

    to nj:
    #23
    #54

    maybe if wilde and miller are gone shero decides to go that route and takes his chances that McIssac will be there at 23
     
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    It's just tough to see what moves might or might not materialize. I'm in favor of BPA when picking 18 year old kids. Hopefully the BPA this year is a LD but that's to be determined on draft night. 2 years in pro sports is a long time. MarJo may not be here, Greene and Lovejoy are hopefully enjoying a well earned retirement. Maybe one of Santini Mueller or Severson takes the step to a true top pair defender. So much can change by the time a 2018 draft pick sees NHL playing time and becomes a meaningful contributor.
     
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    I wouldn't mind this, there are some good players in the 2nd-3rd round
     
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    ran into a chicago steel czech prospect at the airport...Matej Pekar.. Seems like he might go late 2nd round early 3rd. Would love to see the Devils grab him. Asked if he liked Patrik Elias and he said, yeah 'good player'.

    Also draft site's have him listed at 6'0". That must be with skates on.
     
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    it really isn't

    the only players from the back half of round 1 in 2016 to even have played in the NHL are Borgstrom (4 games) and Tage Thompson (41 games)

    This coming season (18-19) is season 3 since that draft
     
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    I would say the top three skaters are:
    1 Quinton Hughes
    2 Liam Foudy
    3 Rasmus Kupari

    Kupari is truly a big option for the Devils at #17.
     
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    Value checks out, we'll see if Anaheim wants to move up. Not sure if it's a tendency per se, but over the years they've preferred to trade down and accumulate picks (2008/2009/2011). But that might have been a result of them rebuilding their farm after they won the Cup.

    Plus they might be motivated to leapfrog the Kings at #20 in case they'd be afraid of their target ending up with a rival.
     
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    The knock on Kupari is not size. I'm not putting him down, since I was probably the first on these threads to start pumping his tires as a very possible Devils pick at 17, but his major flaws are his propensity to over-stickhandle and turn the puck over dangerously, and his oft-lacking defensive play.

    What I like about this is that these are "correctable flaws" which can be alleviated with coaching and development. I'm putting Kupari in my top 5 of Devils first round pick possibilities along with (in no order) Kravtsov, McIsaac, Miller and Wilde.
     
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    I have written about McIsaac all over these threads. I really like him. Big, physical, great skates -- a future shut-down defender with 30+ pt./2nd unit pp potential offensively. Nico Hischier's teammate in Halifax, so the Devils are certainly familiar. He's in my top five Devils first-round candidates (Miller, Wilde, Kupari, Kravtsov, McIsaac).
     
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    Gigantic meh. Fanatics, why you ruin everything!?

    I actually really dug last year's and ended up getting one.
     
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    I would also say he has the highest upside of any defenseman in this draft not named Rasmus Dahlin. So those are the things we need to weigh. Were he not "three years away", there would be zero chance to get a kid with his elite tool-set and elite tool-box in the middle of the first round.
     
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    The criticism of the defensive play seems to me to be a growing phenomenon. More and more young defenders are valued for skating and puck moving or offensive ability rather than defense. Just look at Butcher and Severson or a guy like Barrie on Colorado who is seen as a rising young defender. I’ve seen some criticism of Chychrun in AZ for bad defense. How many young defenders in the league are actually good defenders? Provorov and McAvoy? If Miller has the toolbox as suggested I would be surprised if he cannot defend at least as well as a guy like Severson or Butcher if not better. I did see someone critical of his agility and that is something worthy of discussion. Can he move laterally to contain smaller quick forwards? Thanks so much for your insights.
     
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    so k'andre had a great combine. i assume he doesn't make it to 17
     
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