Spring Arrives in the Hinterland

Lowetide
March 20 2011 08:27AM

We're at the point in the draft cycle where hockey men use hyperbole to describe the future. Ken Hitchcock has Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as a cross between a young Joe Sakic and a young Pavel Datsyk; Sean Couturier`s last name should be 'Staal' according to the comparables; and Adam Larsson is better than Lidstrom at this age. Apparently.
 

What does it all mean? Hell if I know. As a fan, I like to look at the numbers and try to apply common sense to them. For instance, Adam Larsson is still a kid but is playing in a man's league. So, despite the impressive numbers of RNH and others, we need to pay special heed to what the big Swedish defender is doing now that the playoffs have arrived.

How is he doing? Well. His boxcars are 6gp, 0-2-2 -2 but as with all boxcars it's a black and white photo in dire need of color. Here's the back story on his playoff:

  • Game 1: 24:24 TOI even, 1 shot on goal and 2 hits in a win
  • Game 2: 23:19 TOI -1, 2 shots on goal and 1 hit in a loss
  • Game 3: 22:45 TOI even, 1 shot and 3 hits in another loss
  • Game 4: 24:37 TOI even, 2 shots in a win
  • Game 5: 21:47 TO! 1 assist, 3 shots on goal 2 pims and 3 hits in a win
  • Game 6: 22:14 TOI -1, 1 assist, 3 shots and 2 pims and 1 hit in a loss
  • Game 7: today

He's averaging 23:11TOI during the post-season after averaging 18:44 during the regular season. Here are the Skelleftea blue with their playoff time-on-ice per game:

  1. Adam Larsson 23:11
  2. Tim Erixon 22:11
  3. David Rundblad 20:20
  4. Fredrik Lindgren 20:04
  5. Niclas Burstrom 18:18
  6. Ivan Majesky 15:18

Based on their experience and skill sets, I'd suggest that Rundblad and either Erixon or Lindgren are getting the powerplay minutes, leaving Larsson to evens and PK. We talked about Larsson and his scouting reports here and we know that the Oilers have a laundry list of needs rolling out over the next several years.

As we get closer to the draft--and with the understanding that some of these CHL forwards are kicking out the jams and making big impressions--it is becoming increasingly difficult to argue against Jim Matheson's logic (stated most recently here). Last night, the Edmonton Oilers "hockey winter" reached a climax as the Avalanche drove the Oildrop further down the elevator shaft.

Spring arrives today, and with it the promise of renewal and growth. Staring at the numbers and sifting through the things our good friend math can tell us, Adam Larsson is extremely likely to be the best player available on draft day. Full stop.

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#51 The Farmer
March 20 2011, 11:58AM
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godot10 wrote:

RNH gets a disproportionate share of his points on the PP. At even strength he is thoroughly mediocre. His goal scoring rate at even strength is poor for a so-called elite prospect. His assist production at even strength is ordinary for a so-called elite prospect.

Courturier, in particular, and Larsson( to a lesser degree) are suffering from the recency effect. New bright shiny things attract greater attention, and one begins to see the imperfections in things that have been around awhile.

I'm on Team Larsson. 20-25 minute per game defensemen that can play in ALL situations are rare and beautiful things.

Opportunities to snag a defenseman are much rarer than the opportunity to snag a centre. Centres are also much more available in the trade market.

I dont disagree with your point of the recency effect, but how can you say centers are much more available on the trade market, outside of "Big Joe" when do the elite centers ever get moved, (Pronger has been moved twice since then)

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#53 speeds
March 20 2011, 12:04PM
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That said, I'll certainly grant that I would love for the Oilers to have Erixon as a prospect, so if Larsson is playing more minutes while being 2 years younger than CAL's highest ranked prospect*, that's certainly a great sign for Larsson.

* Apparently, Erixon is ranked 15th in THN's Future Watch. For a comparison, that is ahead of all EDM D prospects - Petry is ranked 36th.

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#54 RossCreekNation
March 20 2011, 12:26PM
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Mentioned this in yesterday's item, but I'll post it again in case anyone missed it.

Kyle Woodlief's Red Line Report has their current top-10 list for this years NHL draft. Interesting to note: they seem to have the top end as the big 3 (Landeskog, Nugent-Hopkins & Larsson), while Couturier's stock has fallen down to #8 (and the 2nd best prospect out of the Q).

1 Gabriel Landeskog RW 6-1, 201 Left 11/23/1992 Kitchener

2 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C 6-0, 163 Left 4/12/1993 Red Deer

3 Adam Larsson D 6-3, 220 Right 11/12/1992 Skelleftea

4 Dougie Hamilton D 6-4, 193 Right 6/17/1993 Niagara

5 Jonathan Huberdeau LW 6-1, 165 Left 6/4/1993 Saint John

6 Ryan Murphy D 5-11, 176 Right 3/31/1993 Kitchener

7 Ryan Strome C 6-0, 183 Right 7/11/1993 Niagara

8 Sean Couturier C 6-4, 193 Left 12/7/1992 Drummondville

9 Alex Khokhlachev C 5-10, 172 Left 5/9/1993 Windsor

10 Brandon Saad LW 6-2, 200 Left 10/27/1992 Saginaw

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/columnist/woodlief/2011-03-19-red-line-report_N.htm

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#55 Matt Henderson
March 20 2011, 12:26PM
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@The Farmer

Bingo.

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#56 Ducey
March 20 2011, 12:33PM
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Listrom

19GP 0 2 2 SEL (draft yr)

39GP 8 8 16 SEL

38 4 19 23 SEL

80 11 49 60 NHL

Hedman

39 2 2 4 SEL

43 7 14 21 SEL(draft yr)

74 4 16 20 NHL

Rundblad

45 0 10 10 SEL

47 1 12 13 SEL (draft yr)

55 11 39 50 SEL

Larssen

49 4 13 17 SEL

37 1 8 9 SEL (draft yr)

Anyone expecting big numbers from an 18 yr old defenseman in the SEL isn't being realistic.

Larssen's season last yr (1 yr from the draft) put him on par with some of the best Swedish Dmen in history (when they were a yr older).

The call on Larssen is going to come down to scouting, size, mobility, toughness, etc. not looking at stats. This is especially the case since he has been injured and got limited PP minutes (where most DMen get their points).

If the scouts are saying he is as good as Lidstrom and Hedman, you have to take him.

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#57 K-UGER Industrial Smoothing
March 20 2011, 12:33PM
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Has anybody considered that RNH may just be a more glorified Gagner? His team is pretty damn good and he has a hell of a goalie... and I mean a HELL of a Goalie.

Obviously the kid has some talent, but assuming the Oilers want to play their first pick next season- should they draft based on who has the LEAST amount of downside instead of on need/future potential? (in other words- who is most pro ready)Would that even change who they picked?

Would that make the pick Landeskog, Couterier, Larsson or RNH?

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#58 gord962
March 20 2011, 12:34PM
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My 2 cents:

Drafting a d-man seems pointless unless we are getting someone who can make an immediate impact, such as Doughty. There is no guarantee that Larrson can come in and make an immediate impact. If he can't make an immediate impact, history of top 5 defense picks shows he will be 5 years from being an impact player.

We have a plethora of young forward talent that will be ready in the next 3 years but if defenseman won't be 5 years then what is the point? Chicago had Keith and Seabrook before Kane and Toews and had that been reversed Chicago would not won the cup last year.

Because the Oilers started with forwards it is now pointless to draft Larsson unless you are going to flip him for a NHL-ready d-man. Otherwise, load up on forwards and package a couple out for a NHL-ready d-man.

If we plan to develop Larsson, Hall Eberle and Paajarvi will be UFAs by the time Adam is a Keith or Seabrook.

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#59 K-UGER Industrial Smoothing
March 20 2011, 12:35PM
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Oilers should move up far enough to draft Dougie Hamilton with their second first round pick... I'm high on that guy.

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#60 speeds
March 20 2011, 12:45PM
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You'd think that would be hard to do - you'd guess there would be more than one player with 34 plus minus points/goals of Couturier.

Looking back (quickly, so I'm sure I missed some - If anyone notices someone else, please post it, it would be appreciated), really the only top F prospect that so thoroughly dominated his teammates in terms of +/-, in the CHL, was Crosby.

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#61 RossCreekNation
March 20 2011, 12:52PM
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BPA - Gabriel Landeskog.

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#62 stevezie
March 20 2011, 12:53PM
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John Chambers wrote:

It might be interesting to see what other teams picking in the top 5 feel their needs are. For example, given that The Avs have Stastny and Duchesne as their top 2 C's, what interest do they have in the 'Nuge if we're poised to take Larsson.

I was hypothesizing scenarios where we would trade for The Av's pick, but we don't have anything they want outside guys we're not willing to trade.

But, if Stu is intent on drafting a C, perhaps we swap picks with the Avs and get them to include O'Reilly or their 1st in 2012.

This might be a very good draft to trade down in.

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#63 Rogue
March 20 2011, 12:53PM
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The Farmer wrote:

Just looking at the last few drafts, if they had a do over, do you think Erik Johnson goes as high, or Victor Hedman, the list goes on, I am not saying these players wont develop into superstars, but there is less of a chance. Erik Johnson has already been traded this early in his career. Why not let other organizations grow these elite D and then we can trade for them from our wealth of elite offensive talent when we know just how good the D is going to be.

Agreed. I just wish we could get Landeskog and a centre. That would help address toughness on the 1st 2 lines. I just wish we would of seen more of Hall at centre. Anything to get Horcoff to 3rd line centre.

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#65 Jodes
March 20 2011, 01:43PM
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JaroslavPouzar wrote:

great post...

sign and trade for d-men... let someone else develop them over 3 years. Doughty is the exceptioon to top 5 D men taken in the top 5 over the last 5 years tyo make a stong impact... RNH is the guy we need. I saw him snipe a goal last night that only a future NHL stud can score. Take the governor off Hall and Eberle by giving them RNH...

Sign a Dman, like who? Unfortunately Steve Tambellini and Kevin Lowe don't do their homework when he signs free agents it seems. It's like this is his checklist:

1) Past Their Prime (Khabi)

2) Injury Prone (Khabi, Souray, Foster)

3) Small

4) Not Physical (Foster, Fraser)

5) Borderline NHL/AHL skill (Fraser)

His track record speaks for itself.

As for trading, just who are they going to trade?

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#66 Quicksilver ballet
March 20 2011, 01:44PM
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Gabriel Landeskog = Daymond Langkow at best.

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#67 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
March 20 2011, 02:07PM
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The Farmer wrote:

Just looking at the last few drafts, if they had a do over, do you think Erik Johnson goes as high, or Victor Hedman, the list goes on, I am not saying these players wont develop into superstars, but there is less of a chance. Erik Johnson has already been traded this early in his career. Why not let other organizations grow these elite D and then we can trade for them from our wealth of elite offensive talent when we know just how good the D is going to be.

Exactly!

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#68 michael
March 20 2011, 02:29PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Exactly!

ditto!

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#69 bigrroberto
March 20 2011, 02:54PM
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Everyone said paajarvi was going to be the best of the big 3 because he was "playing in the sel with men" and look what happened there. Not that he's been bad but not quite on the same level as Hall and Eberle.

Now look at the argument everyone's making about Laarsen. "he's going to be the most nhl ready because he's playing in the sel with men".

If I'm picking, I'm picking either RNH or Couturier, in that order.

We need someone who can skate with Hall and I believe that RNH is that man. Living in Red Deer I've had the luxury of watching him a bunch and he can flat out fly.

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#70 ken
March 20 2011, 03:23PM
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If you check Dittricks story on RNH on oiler website you will read negative comments on him from Stu{small,etc} If they plan on drafting Larsson they better get their hardhats on for the abuse they get from fans when he starts throwing snow like he did in WJ game against Canada

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#71 oilbaron
March 20 2011, 03:26PM
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Any chance and sorry if it's been posted and answered already, that the oilers will take Larsson with the 1st pick if hey win he lottery and then use our 31st along with LA's 23ish pick to move up into the top 10 and pick a center. Is this draft deep enough so these two picks will make it able for us to move up? People say that defenceman take much longer to developed and because of this we should draft Larsson first but if were able to move into the top 10-13 I say we take the stud defenceman and build our d around him

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#72 Peterborough
March 20 2011, 03:41PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Matheson didn't really lay out his reasoning behind why he thinks the Oil need a defenseman over a Centre. I, personally, can't think of any way the depth at C isn't worse than the depth at D.

The teams best prospects down the middle are Lander and Pitlick. Lander isn't projected to top out very high and Pitlick isn't even playing Centre, he's a RW.

Add to that sad depth chart the argument that you can't build a winner without depth at Centre and I'm sold that the Oil NEED a centre well before another defenseman. Of course if Stu says Larsson is the guy then he must have good reason, but the Oil desperately need one of those Centres to prove himself as the BPA.

The Oil could become the new Nashville and produce defenseman like they're on a Ford assembly line, but it won't win them games in the playoffs. No All-Star Centre, No Stanley Cup.

Looking at the depth chart its clear we need a #1C. Looking at the players avalible we also need a #1 D. larsson could be that guy. There is not #1C in this draft. End of story. Larsson then you have 9 picks to find the depth you want in the system. We have to wait till next years draft to get the centre. (don't worry we'll have a lottery pick then too!)

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#73 Steve
March 20 2011, 05:06PM
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Oh yeah, and 2 hits.

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#74 Crash
March 20 2011, 05:20PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

I would like to know more about Landeskog. His numbers alone dont scream #1 overall pick at all. He's not even close to the leading scorer on his own club. He's been injured and he's at about a 1.27 PPG, but compared to Strome's 1.63 PPG, RNH's 1.54 PPG, or Couturier's 1.67 PPG he's way off pace.

He must have some serious supporters to rank him #1. The math doesnt add up for me, so there has to be a lot more about the kid than his production.

I cant help but think GL #1 would be a mistake. I need some convincing that this guy is #1 material.

LOL, a little bit ironic that you want to question the Central scouting rating when last year you were all on board with whatever Central Scouting had to say....

But I agree with you, I don't know what it is that gets him rated #1....you're right, it doesn't add up so I'm not buying that he is the BPA as RC stated. What is it he has done to earn this rating?

I find that what always happens is people get too caught up in what is going on in the present over a short period of time (one season) and they rarely look at things over a longer stretch of time.

I also agree with you that the Oilers should take themselves a Center...whichever one they think is the best....I lean towards Couturier (consistency over the last 2 yrs) and RNH but if the Oilers go Huberdeau or Strome it wouldn't be the end of the world.

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#76 treblecharger
March 20 2011, 05:54PM
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Pretty convincing piece by Matty. I immediately start to think about Tambo moving Gagner and the Kings pick for a Top 5 and get a centre after they get Larsson.

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#77 wayne
March 20 2011, 06:53PM
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The one thing that confuses me about Huberdeau is that he only takes like 5 faceoffs a game unless what I think is faceoff on the QMJHL website isnt faceoffs). Drafting a centre with skill is not enough we need one that will win some faceoffs. Is anyone able to compare the top 4 centres faceoff skills?

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#78 speeds
March 20 2011, 06:58PM
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LT:

What are s, and ds? I am under the impression that s and ds are shots and difficult shots, but if I'm mistaken that would explain why we differ...

You can search the league leaders by those categories at this link:

http://lhjmq.leaguestat.com/en/stats/statdisplay.php?type=records&subType=18&season_id=82&leagueId=1&lastActive=&singleSeason=&confId=0

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#79 speeds
March 20 2011, 07:00PM
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oops, "dangerous shots", not difficult shots.

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#80 speeds
March 20 2011, 07:02PM
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wayne wrote:

The one thing that confuses me about Huberdeau is that he only takes like 5 faceoffs a game unless what I think is faceoff on the QMJHL website isnt faceoffs). Drafting a centre with skill is not enough we need one that will win some faceoffs. Is anyone able to compare the top 4 centres faceoff skills?

He's playing LW, not C. At least, I think that's what I heard on the radio this week, either with EJ MacGuire on LT's show or Woodlief on Stauffer's show.

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#83 Matt Henderson
March 20 2011, 08:12PM
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@Crash

Last year wasnt about Central Scouting. I was on board the Seguin Train well before the final rankings came out that put Seguin on top. You know that because our battles pre-dated those rankings.

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#84 Matt Henderson
March 20 2011, 08:21PM
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@Peterborough

Hey, I'm not gonna trade in my Oiler's Underwear for Flames gear if they pick Larsson. I just dont think it's the safest move. Larsson could just as easily become the next Chris Philips as he could become the next Lidstrom.

Taking defensemen with lottery picks is a crap-shoot as history tells us.

Who is projecting these kids as 2C's? Did the goaltending across the leagues suddenly drop in quality so much that kids who score at incredible paces are less impressive?

There are just as many people questioning Larsson's top end as there are questioning RNH's ability to compete with a slight frame.

As for Colorado, did they publish their wish list in order or are you taking an off hand comment made in a newspaper as gospel truth?

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#85 m@s f@s
March 20 2011, 08:37PM
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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. We can shed weight like Foster, Fraser, etc. We have the wingers coming, we even have SOME d-men coming, another trade to obtain a #1 defender can be made. IMO, it would be done last to show what the player had to work with, and it would involve 1st rd pick(s). Give our forward talent with vision a center with some talent and vision.

P.S. Try to get Benjamin Conz

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#86 Jodes
March 20 2011, 08:44PM
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NamelessNed wrote:

I'm in the same boat as most, not sure if using top pick for a dman is a great idea. I like the Larsson/Lidstrom comparison but the thing that bothers me is Lidstrom was drafted in the 3rd round, 53rd overall. Either way I have faith that Stu will make the right choice. Hope Steve and Kevin can make a few right choices in the off season to help this team

I have lots of faith in Stu to make the right choice.. Its Steve and Kevin that I have no faith in anymore.

I'm not banking on any changes in the off season from those two. Their track record speaks for itself.

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#87 esa tikkanen
March 20 2011, 09:44PM
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Lowetide

Where do you get this info on the SEL? Are the boxscores available?

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#88 coco crisp
March 20 2011, 10:07PM
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Would love to see an article on here regards to Couturier.

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#91 Clyde Frog
March 21 2011, 07:21AM
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If you are having wet dreams about Laarson playing men and therefor his numbers have more weight than the kids in the CHL, please remember the size of ice he is playing on...

He is developing a skillset for making 1st/2nd passes, cycling for time and angling people off that just won't work in the North American rinks. Not saying he won't learn them, but just like Paajarvi's magnificient wide drives it will take time of him to adjust.

Especially the passing and time, defense men can't hide on the ice, have to mix it up physically and face the largest transition in the jump.

Saying he is playing with men is great for adjusting him to wrestling with men, but ignoring he is honing his skills on a much bigger ice surface is a misnomer. The first time he steps on the ice with Minnesota or Nashville will be a painful night for him.

Taking a defensemen top 3 without having them stand head and shoulders above the competition is a gamble, no two ways about it. We have already looked at the development time of some of the bigger names already and they all had a lead time of 5-7 years before they produced like a top 2 player. The only 2 exceptions were Doughty and Phaneuf, Doughty is way too early to measure and Phaneuf fell off the tracks and was traded for a bag of pucks.

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#92 Peterborough
March 21 2011, 09:32AM
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Clyde Frog wrote:

If you are having wet dreams about Laarson playing men and therefor his numbers have more weight than the kids in the CHL, please remember the size of ice he is playing on...

He is developing a skillset for making 1st/2nd passes, cycling for time and angling people off that just won't work in the North American rinks. Not saying he won't learn them, but just like Paajarvi's magnificient wide drives it will take time of him to adjust.

Especially the passing and time, defense men can't hide on the ice, have to mix it up physically and face the largest transition in the jump.

Saying he is playing with men is great for adjusting him to wrestling with men, but ignoring he is honing his skills on a much bigger ice surface is a misnomer. The first time he steps on the ice with Minnesota or Nashville will be a painful night for him.

Taking a defensemen top 3 without having them stand head and shoulders above the competition is a gamble, no two ways about it. We have already looked at the development time of some of the bigger names already and they all had a lead time of 5-7 years before they produced like a top 2 player. The only 2 exceptions were Doughty and Phaneuf, Doughty is way too early to measure and Phaneuf fell off the tracks and was traded for a bag of pucks.

I think Hedman would be a good gatekeeper as to what will progress like as though their style is different their developement path is similar. If Larsson is going to lead this team on TOI in two years then yes he is worth the gamble.

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#93 zarf
March 21 2011, 10:15AM
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I think everyone’s gotta calm down a bit about the draft this year. It’s pretty obvious that there are three, maybe four kids who are all roughly even in terms of talent, value and potential. I think you can make a pretty good case for any of them going first ... or fourth.

But yeah, I’d take Larsson first, but I should mention that I’ve never seen him play. Other than Couturier, I haven’t seen any of them play.

But if the Oilers don’t win the lottery and they end up picking second (they can’t drop any further than that, right?), they’re still going to end up with a darn good player.

I’m actually a little more relaxed about this draft than last year.

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#94 Tyler
March 21 2011, 10:30AM
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Look at the track record for D in the top 3 over the past 20 years. It's no where near the list for quality that you see in F's. Also, look South to Calgary, they've got the Stud D and have for years (Dion/JBow. plus other very strong D men) and they've been pretty middle of the pack the entire time WITH an allstar goalie carrying them. Also very little playoff time during those years (outside of the one year; which goes equal with us). And both teams that beat Cal and Edmonton in the SCF's, had 1C's FYI. The hurricanes had D by committee and were down right week there if you remember. The reason the Flames go no where and Iggy has such a hard time, is that he does it by himself. He's never had a 1C and the team will never win because the big games because of it. Draft the CENTER.

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#95 zarf
March 21 2011, 11:10AM
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Tyler wrote:

Look at the track record for D in the top 3 over the past 20 years. It's no where near the list for quality that you see in F's. Also, look South to Calgary, they've got the Stud D and have for years (Dion/JBow. plus other very strong D men) and they've been pretty middle of the pack the entire time WITH an allstar goalie carrying them. Also very little playoff time during those years (outside of the one year; which goes equal with us). And both teams that beat Cal and Edmonton in the SCF's, had 1C's FYI. The hurricanes had D by committee and were down right week there if you remember. The reason the Flames go no where and Iggy has such a hard time, is that he does it by himself. He's never had a 1C and the team will never win because the big games because of it. Draft the CENTER.

Fair enough.

But my concern is this: Are those two centres (RNH and Couturier) going to be better players than Larsson will be?

I just don't know.

My hunch is that they're all roughly equal right now, but I think we all know it won't turn out that way.

And, I guess, then you go with "best player available." And that, in my opinion for what it's worth, is Larsson.

I'm concerned about RNH's size and Couturier's wheels and heart. But, like I say, I haven't seen either of them play very much, so I could be wrong.

Couturier, plain and simple, didn't show up when the chips were down in that last game of the WJC. That's not fair, I know, but that's all I know.

RNH looks like a small six-footer, as opposed to a large six-footer. Yeah, he could be Joe Sakic. But he could also be Brian Sakic.

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#96 Brownlee loves the word meow
March 21 2011, 12:38PM
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RNH Landeskog Larsson Strome

were mentioned by Tambi during the season ticket holders Q&A on Sunday...in that order.

Does Coutourier get forgotten if he is the guy they think they might draft? Dont think so, read what you will into it, but it seemed pretty apparent to me that those 4 are the ones that came to Tambi's mind right off the bat. Strome seemed like a bit of an after thought, but seemed like they were interested in looking more into him. More description about scouting RNH and Larsson came out of his mouth when mentioning their names tho.

As for the size of RNH..same height as hall, just the weight issue. sick hands, sick shot, same type of accolades as hall..he is a winner.

People questioning landeskog should give their heads a shake. Guy that loves to hit, and is a great scorer, fights...and wins the fights...and he is a leader...Seems to me that is a guy that is the best overall player, and probably why he garners so much attention.

I would shy away from drafting a D-man with first overall, seems like a waste to me...yes we need one, but we have some in development already, and have a second pick in the first round...get another star forward with the first overall, leave it to the scouts to get a d-man with the next pick, or trade gagner(or insert midget here) and la's first to move up.

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#97 Team Hall
March 21 2011, 01:03PM
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LT, looking forward to your article on Couturier. Could you help us out by comparing this years top C's to previous years? Interested to know how RNH/Couturier stack up against Seguin/Tavares. I'm in the drafting a top C camp, Couturier/RNH/Strome as opposed to chancing a defensive prospect. I defer to Stu, of course, because if its a 1D vs a 2C, then he's right to pick the D. Also, LT, could you explain why Couturier has slid down the rankings recently? I am very interested to see how this draft class unfolds.

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#98 Team Seguin
March 21 2011, 01:07PM
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Take a look at the Montreal Canadiens. They have a good defense by committee. Hamrlik, Spacek, Gill, they picked these guys up as UFA's. I have more faith in cobbling together a defense than trying to invent a top C. Also, last year, Hall was always the consensus #1 pick, but then late in the year there were doubters, CSS came out with Seguin #1, and we all went crazy. In the end, the guy with the consistent pedigree was the right pick. According to that rationale, I still like Couturier this year, but I haven't done much research yet.

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#99 kinnick kinnick
March 21 2011, 01:22PM
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I would be a huge fan of Larsson at #1, Mark McNeill with LA's first, and a top goalie at 31. McNeill is an Edmonton kid, hopefully of the Getzlaf variety at 6'2'', 210, and has an offensive upside. He looks like he can handle himself pretty well to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWk24cdqJU4

#9 in black

ranked at about #20, it would go along way to solidy grit in the top 6. Or imagine McNeill/Pitlick/Hamilton as a 3rd line in 3 years.

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#100 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
March 21 2011, 01:31PM
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Well done!

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