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Who do you want?

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I know it's a bit premature. We still have a few months of season left; however, who are you guys looking at as far as the draft goes? Do we go winger or goalie in the 1st?

Personally, if we don't take Mikhail Grigorenko, Nail Yakupov (probably won't get to him, but you never know) or Filip Forsberg, I wouldn't mind us taking Malcolm Subban as a goalie. The only reason you take him though is if you think Cam is truly dropping off and will never return to the elite Cam Ward of a few years ago. Even then, I think we can get him in the 2nd, maybe even the 3rd.

What say you?

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Why do you go goalie? The rumors of Cam's demise have been greatly exaggerated...

He's only 27 and has faced the 3rd most shots against in the NHL this year. Fix the defense in front of Ward and we're fine there.

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Why do you go goalie? The rumors of Cam's demise have been greatly exaggerated...

He's only 27 and has faced the 3rd most shots against in the NHL this year. Fix the defense in front of Ward and we're fine there.

I agree, by and large. Especially the past 10 games or so, he's really played great. The defense in front IS an issue. I am just saying, IF Muller or JR are looking at Cam and not liking what they see, then you take one.

I still say we take a solid winger. Somebody well balanced, can play both ends of the ice well.

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I agree with going for a winger if it's there. This draft is loaded with defenseman but for once we have solid d prospects. Winger would be great.

As far as goalies go. I am not in favor of drafting a goalie where we will be drafting. Ward is not old yet and is not declining as some think. We have a really solid goalie prospect I am very excited about. I have posted this link before. I see him being in Charlotte in a year or two and if we're lucky then an understudy to Cam.

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/13495/frederik_andersen_taking_sel_by_storm/

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Personally, if we don't take Mikhail Grigorenko, Nail Yakupov or Filip Forsberg.

I agree with these picks. Try to find a first line forward, and since it's policy to draft talent and not find high-price talent in FA or via trades, now is the time to do so. Just don't expect them to make an immediate impact like Skinner. Players like him, who go from juniors to the NHL without any trouble in transition are very rare.

Ward is NOT the problem. A man can only stop so much and he's been facing way too many shots for a few seasons now... with no relief. We went out and got a good goalie to back him up and look what happened... he couldn't handle the SOG that Cam sees every night, allowed a ton of goals and then got hurt. I don't think it's Brian's fault either. Then, we are stuck with the same pair as last season with Peters called up to fill the back-up role, with the same results... he can't handle the SOG. Peters and Brian are good goalies, Cam's work in net and a weak defensive team make them look bad. And it makes Cam look bad sometimes.

Just my opinion.

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