Prospect Ramblings: NHL Draft wrap, Leafs Draft Strategy, CHL Import Draft

Peter Harling


2016 draft board

It’s a busy time of the year in hockey, and this past weekend was the Christmas morning equivalent for hockey prospects and hockey scouts as the hockey world converged in Buffalo New York for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. It was also yours truly first time at the draft.

The arena was packed for the first round and there was a collective thud as everyone there had their jaw drop to the floor when the Columbus Blue Jackets picked Pierre-Luc Dubois over the consensus third ranked Jesse Puljujarvi. As the third pick was announced, Patrik Laine was on the air with Sirius XM NHL Radio and shared in the reaction as his countrymen was passed over at the third spot, turning to look at the draft board and saying “woah”

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There was another “wow” moment at the fifth pick. After Dubois at three, Puljujarvi followed at four and the consensus feeling was that things would get back on track and Vancouver would select Matt Tkachuk. The Canucks reached the podium and selected from the London Knights…Olli Juolevi! Now it’s is not that this is a bad choice, but after the “London Knights” part most were convinced “Matthew Tkachuk” was going to follow.

The Flames were no doubt very happy to have Tkachuk available to them at the sixth position and Flames TV Tweeted out a interview with a classic Brian Burke quote. When describing Tkachuk and his on ice style he said “There is no nice way to say it, he has some dirt bag in him

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brian Burke shares his analysis of the <a href="">#NHLDraft</a> with <a href="">#Flames</a> TV!<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) <a href="">June 26, 2016</a></blockquote>

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