Beauts and Bums - NHL Draft Edition
Beauts and Bums - NHL Draft Edition
by Tyler Hickey, 6.28.2018
The NHL draft is an exciting time for prospects and teams. Whether a player gets drafted first overall or 217th they have a chance to impact a franchise. Going into the draft there was a proclaimed generational talent defensemen and big names potentially being moved. While there was only two trades to go down, the draft wasn’t as exciting as it was built up to be.
1. Buffalo Sabres
When you have the first overall draft pick, you win the day. Rasmus Dahlin was the most hyped defenseman since Denis Potvin, with players like Nicklas Lidstrom and Erik Karlsson saying that he is better than they were at 18 is a lot to be excited about. With the first pick in the second round the Sabres also selected defensemen Mattias Samuelsson from the USNTDP, he is committed to Western Michigan University. A big player that has skill, smarts and a nasty streak that is projected to be a top 4 guy.
2. Carolina Hurricanes
Having won the lottery for the #2 overall pick, the Hurricanes were able to draft the big Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov. The Hurricanes wanted to get bigger and tougher to play against and Svechnikov fits into the mold. The prolific scorer could step into the line up next year. The biggest trade of the weekend involved Carolina sending Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm to Calgary, for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox. I am a big believer in whoever gets the best player in the trade wins and Hamilton is arguably a top 10 defensemen in the league. Ferland is a rugged winger who has proven he can score with skilled linemates, while Fox looks like he will be a good defensemen in the future. It was rumored that the Hurricanes and Lindholm were far apart in terms of a contract and with Hanifin an RFA also, the money conscious Hurricanes traded for the already signed Hamilton and Ferland.
3. Detroit Red Wings
As a team that is in a rebuild and need some stud defensemen in the system, the draft did not go as planned. And by not as planned, I mean the draft played into their hands like no one expected. Left winger Filip Zadina (ranked #3 by ISS) fell to them at #6 and promised to “fill the nets” of division rivals Montreal and Ottawa who had passed on him. With the #30 pick they selected center Joe Veleno (ranked #10 by ISS) and the Red Wings happily scooped him up also.
4. NY Islanders
Another team that took advantage of players falling to them, the Islanders improved their prospect depth with two steals. With back to back picks they selected right winger Oliver Wahlstrom (ranked #5 by ISS) with the #11 pick and defenseman Noah Dobson (ranked #9 by ISS) #12. Both are projected to be top line players at each of their positions respectively. With the future of the franchise in the balance with where John Tavares will sign, will the potential to play with these two players as well the other young talent convince him to stay?
1. Calgary Flames
Not having a draft pick in the first three rounds is a huge hit to the prospect pool, especially when you give up a first round pick and miss the playoffs. While I like the return in the trade with Carolina, for reasons I stated before, they lost the trade. Both Hanifin and Lindohm are both young players who have not reach their full potential yet and have a chance to play top line minutes. Adam Fox was rumored to not want to sign with them, so that plays out but Ferland was a cheap winger who scored 20 goals on the top line. Rumors of Hamilton not being a team player are disturbing but at the end of the day he is a top defensemen in the league.