Prospect Ramblings – Team Draft Grades Part 2

Pat Quinn

2019-07-04

 

Welcome to the Thursday ramblings where I will give grades to NHL teams based on my opinion of their drafts and highlight what I liked and did not, or what I found interesting. Basically just my thoughts. The scale will be letter grade ratings because I am boring occasionally

 

But first here is my good tweet of the week:

 

{source} <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Maybe this is the conspiracy theorist in me but I wonder if this offer sheet was only made to make it seem like offer sheets CAN happen. Reasons:<br>- Below market value for Aho<br>- Carolina has loads of cap room<br>- Tampa and Toronto are MUCH BETTER targets</p>&mdash; PQsFantasyHockey (@FHPQuinn) <a href=”https://twitter.com/FHPQuinn/status/1145873681345732608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 2, 2019</a></blockquote>{/source}

 

Montreal: B

  • Well any time a player like Cole Caufield falls to you at 15th that is a win
  • Montreal did have 10 picks in the draft with four picks in the first three rounds, and they only reached on a few picks while the rest seemed to fit the draft slot
  • Half of the picks they used on defensemen, and one pick was on Frederik Dichow Nissen out of Denmark who has skill but not many games played

 

 

Nashville: A

  • I really enjoyed the Preds’ first three picks:
    • Philip Tomasino fell to 24th somehow as he has a lot of skill
    • Egor Afanasyev fell to 45th SOMEHOW – He is a first round talent
    • Alexander Campbell went early in round three but could have been a second round pick
  • No one else really jumped off for me out of the teams seven picks, but I did like the round four picks of Marc Del Gaizo and Semyon Chystyakov

 

New Jersey: A+

  • Jack Hughes, Jack Hughes, and Jack Hughes
  • Do I need to write any more after getting him first overall
  • The Devils did have 11 picks in the draft with five picks in the first three rounds, even after trading two seconds for PK Subban
  • I liked the Graeme Clarke and Daniil Misyul selections the most (aside from Jack Hughes)

 

New York Islanders: D+

  • The team had five picks in the draft, two in the first four rounds, and not a lot of skill in the NHL ranks (yes I think they overachieved in 2018-2019 plus Trotz is a top three coach)
  • I thought the Islanders reached for Simon Holmstrom at 23 as there were better players on board, plus the injury history would lead me to take him in the second round

 

New York Rangers: A+

  • The Rangers ha