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#31 Munch4455

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 11:19 AM

If the lotto balls stay true, I've got us narrowed down to three prospects...

1. Aleksander Barkov: Center, 6'2, 209 lbs. Finland



2. Darnell Nurse: Defense, 6'4, 190 lbs. Canada



3. Rasmus Ristolainen: Defense, 6'4, 204 lbs. Finland



I think Barkov is overrated. Every video I have watched of him, you see what seems like very very little defense being played in Finland. Anyone can look like a stud when they can skate through the defense at ease. I like Nurse but not in the top 6 picks, I think he projects to peak as a top 4 defenseman, not a top line defenseman like you would want with that high of a pick.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 11:27 AM

Every major hockey scout says Barkov is the real deal. He tore it up for Finland in the world juniors. On top of that, he plays big with that 6'2, 209 lb. frame.

Also the Canes don't have to find a number one defender. If they can find a guy like Nurse to be an above average second liner, then you take him.

I would love Jones, Drouin, or MacKinnon; but realistically we are looking at Barkov or Nurse.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 11:33 AM

My point was that if you have a top 5 pick, you are looking for a guy who will be more than a solid player. Here's hoping a NC team doesnt get shafted in the lottery for once.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:06 PM

NURSE

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:00 PM

NHL.com came out with their final draft rankings and they have Darnell Nurse as the fourth rated North American player behind Jones, Drouin, and MacKinnon; and they have Barkov as the top European prospect. I would be happy with either of those two.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:47 PM

I just knew this was going to happen.

the team plummeted down the standings,got eliminated from the playoffs. The whole time that was happening, I just knew the team would manage to win like 5 games over the last 8 to take themselves out of the top 4 contention. :(

#37 beuer1

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 11:11 PM

From HF:

For the Canes to pick 3rd:

Tampa has to win 2 of 3 games (TOR, BOS, FLA)
Nashville has to win 1 of 2 (DET and CLB)
Edmonton has to win 1 of 3 (CHI, MIN, VAN)
Calgary must win 0 of 2 (STL and CHI)
Canes must win 0 of 2 (NYR and PIT)

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:27 PM

That's a lot of ifs lol

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:44 PM

Hey but most of it is doable.

Tampa already beat Toronto. Nashville can be Columbus. Calgary and Carolina can lose out.

But Edmonton...

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 11:45 PM

Update Standings

Florida Panthers - 34 points, 1 game left
Colorado Avalanche - 37 points, 2 games left
Tampa Bay Lightning - 40 points, 1 game left
Nashville Predators - 41 points, 1 game left
Calgary Flames - 42 points, 0 games left
Carolina Panthers - 42 points, 1 game left
Edmonton Oilers - 43 points, 1 game left

Right in Darnell Nurse territory.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:26 PM

If Nashville and Tampa hold on and the Canes lose, that third pick should be ours according to what I posted.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 05:28 PM

8.5% chance to win The lottery tonight.


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