Prospect Ramblings – Part 2 draft preferences – May 17 2018

Pat Quinn



Welcome back to my Thursday ramblings, THIS time they will be readable! YES! Mind you last week was fixed a day later which is why we rule here!


Time for me to do part 2 of my draft preferences list, and then before the draft I hope to compile a much bigger and in-depth list. Also .. Oilers LOL.




Quick hit on an Oilers trade rumour:


{source} <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Interesting listening to Rishaug speculating that the Oilers will go hard for a big name D; suggested Klefbom + 10 for Risto as an example.</p>&mdash; dellowhockey (@dellowhockey) <a href=””>May 16, 2018</a></blockquote>{/source}


That would be incredibly Oilers to trade a player on a down year, who is pretty much similar to the player they are trying to get, and adding in 10th overall pick.


Maybe it is just me but I don’t think Risto is as great as he gets credit for from the old school types and I don’t think he is as bad as analytics make him look. He is kind of Phaneuf’d around the time he was a Leaf, where he is a perfectly serviceable #2-#4 defenseman but is shoved into the #1 role and looks bad. Then at the same time Klefbom is a pretty awesome defenseman who played with one shoulder all last year and still played well in his own end but could not score.


It’ll be totally Oilers when the Oilers sell super low on Klefbom and RNH. Sorry Oilers fans. If you want to fight me because I like to rip on the Oilers management I will be outside your local 7/11 at 315PM tomorrow. See you there! Also please see the tweets of an angry Oilers fan that goes over the trouble they have had on defense:




Nashville – The Preds always seem to draft at least one NHL player and that can make a team be very good for a very long time. However they never seem to have ever drafted that game breaking scorer, or one that broke out as one, as they always drafted solid players to fill a role. That changed in 2017 when Tolvanen just fell to them at the 30th pick and he might be okay at hockey, but there still is no guarantee he makes the NHL next season as the Preds are very deep up front.


My Advice: If you look at the Preds raft history going all the way back to 2009 it appears anyone they draft in the first two rounds becomes an NHL player, so if that is something you need in your pool always grab a Predator draftee.


New Jersey Devils – I will not comment on the past because since Shero took over in 2015 the Devils draft philosophy has changed. I must admit to being a biased Devils fan, so I don’t know how much I can say here. I traded Malkin for 1st overall in 2017 (plus Eriksson Ek) in one of my keeper leagues last year, and have drafted a couple of McLeod, Boqvist, and Zacha in a combination of both keeper leagues. Even though the Devils have left some good players on the board (in my opinion) in later rounds, since 2015, they are still a strong drafting team.


My advice: Don’t be a homer like me. Also under Shero the Devils should be a strong drafting team, the Penguins are still reaping the rewards of some late round picks to date.


New York Islanders – I have to admit, I am a bit of a Snow defender, the mess Milbury & Co. left him would take any GM YEARS to fix and it took him that long, especially with Wang’s consistent involvement. Then they got new owners but last season was brutal for them as they barely missed the playoffs with a team that should be in it. This team is also very up and down with its drafts. The teams 2017 draft was not great, except for taking Sabastian Aho in the 5th freaking round as other teams are just not smart to have let him go undrafted for this long. Aho is a sure fire top four dman, and can quarterback a powerplay. Its 2016 draft was poor outside drafting Bellows. The teams first three picks in 2015 and first five picks in 2014 were all fantastic picks, and all are likely NHLers. In 2013 they draft Pulock and not much else, and in 2012 and 2011 drafted horribly (since we know Strome is just blah).


My advice: The Islanders are going to want to hit on the back-to-back picks they have in 2018, and Snow is not scared to do something big to improve a draft spot. I would definitely draft one or b