Here’s What I’m Hearing…
Sometimes it is frustrating when you’re told something so very juicy, but with the caveat of “keep this to yourself”.
That has recently been the case.
So, what I will say is that the Senators are (rumoured to be) exploring all options heading into this draft, ALL options, and have had some preliminary discussions in this regard, which have been reflected in the make-up of the current roster.
The other story I heard was to do with Wick. In a classy move by Murray, and Mich, Wick played in NY in order to give his parents a chance to watch him play. This is the type of class move that keeps Ottawa ranked highly, from an organizational point of view, among NHL players.
The other discussions I’ve had lately have been around the draft class of ’11. After having discussed this with a couple of scouts, the group consensus was best summed up like this, from a western based scout;
“I like to judge draft classes based upon 2 criteria, skill and depth. Some drafts have amazing skill, but very few players to choose from, while others have decent skill, but over a broader number of players.
This draft class appears to be very much the latter. If you picture it as a bell curve (which is how we graph it), the peak isn’t incredibly high, but the width or spread of talent is surprisingly broad.
This brings me to my next classification, a pick’em or a pluck’em.
Pluck’ems are drafts with select players of very high talent, a draft where having early picks is essential, but the over-all consensus on the best players is broad. This is a draft where, if you’re picking later, there is little to choose from.
Pick’ems are what we are facing this year, where there are a lot of quality players to choose from, making number of picks important. To me Murray is perfectly placed to best take advantage of this draft.
I won’t give my specific rankings, but I will say the top 4 is a virtual dead heat from a talent perspective. The players (obviously) aren’t identical, but when you quantify their respective over-all talents, their scores are very closely grouped.
Any pick in the top 4 is going to be based, in my opinion, on team need, as BPA will, in my opinion, be too close to call.
If there is some discrimination among teams in the top 4 (the best players in the draft, this season) there is the possibility of some position swapping. In other words, a team looking for a defenseman, and with a top 4 pick, might be able to trade up, at a cost, to a team not in need of a defenseman, but holding first crack at said player.”