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2008 NHL draft..

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OK guys sorry if there is already a thread for this but I looked and didn't see it. Well the draft is tomorrow night the Isles choose 5th and the Rangers 20th. There's some chatter both teams might be moving a bit although from what I hear the Rangers would only move down a few spots no higher than 10th. The Isles could move up to #2 highly doubtful but possible or up to 7-10.

As far as the players I'd want for the Isles. If they stay at 5 I think they will have a shot at 2 of these 3 players. 2 D men Schenn and Pietrangelo and a russian forward at 6' 170 lbs or so named Nikita Filatov who is suppose to be a great ofensive weapon but the size has me a bit worried. Schenn is a big nasty D man and Pietrangleo also has size 6'2" 209 play more of a 2 way game while Schenn is a shut down guy. If they move to 2 they'll take Bogosian if they go to 7-10 look for them to go after Wilson, Bodekker or Hodgson and maybe a tough d man named Tubert.

I know Runnin made a nice mock draft and he is way more up to date on these guys than I am. I'm sure he'll give us the skinny on who he is looking for the Rangers to draft and maybe he can even give us some info. on the guys I want the Isles to get.

Here are some of the top players and their write ups from I left of Steve Stamkos as he is the guy that will go 1 and Tampa is moving him.

Pos: Defenceman
Shoots: R
Height: 6'
Weight: 219 lbs.
Born: 12/08/1989
From: London, ON
Team: Guelph (OHL)
TSN: 2
ISS: 4
RLR: 3
McK: 4
THN: 2
Comparable: Raymond Bourque

From TSN: His hockey I.Q. is off the chart and he has an innate understanding of when he needs to step up offensively and create offence for his team, either by doing it himself or making those around him better. As good ?- no, make that as great -? as he is, there may still be a huge upside because he has only recently shown any interest in training like a pro. Doughty has lost 20 to 25 pounds since season's end and while it will take time for him develop NHL-level strength, the fact that he's finally showing an inclination to get serious about conditioning and maximize his potential suggests he can still make a quantum leap forward in his development. Like Stamkos, his defensive game is greatly underrated.

From NHL Central Scouting: Drew's strengths are poise and defensive acumen ? that is the ability to know when to jump up in the rush, the ability to know when to stay back, when to join the rush late and when to lead the rush. He has a ton of experience in the international game at all levels and brings that to the ice every night for the Guelph Storm.

Year Team GP G A Pts Pim
2007-2008 Guelph (OHL) 58 13 37 50 68
2008 Playoffs Guelph 10 3 6 9 14

Pos: Defence
Shoots: R
Height: 6'2
Weight: 197 lbs.
Born: 07/15/1990
From: Massena, NY
Team: Peterborough (OHL)
TSN: 3
ISS: 2
RLR: 4
McK: 2
THN: 3
Comparable: Rob Blake

From TSN: A physical specimen who plays every shift with unbridled passion and aggression, Bogosian likes to make things happen. He has a cannon for a shot, gets physically involved at every opportunity and is a natural born leader, not unlike his father Ike, who was a co-captain of the Syracuse University football team. While he maybe doesn't have the off-the-scale hockey smarts of a Doughty, his competitiveness is as good as it gets. He blew everyone away at the NHL Central Scouting Combine with his strength and conditioning. He is a dynamic skater.

From NHL Central Scouting: Zach is a big player and he plays defense very big. Zach's combination of skating ability and his size are what set him apart. There are some bigger, taller defensemen, who have to grow into their body, but Zach is right there, fully proportioned and ready to make that step into the NHL very quickly.

Year Team GP G A Pts Pim
2007-2008 Peterborough (OHL) 60 11 50 61 72
2008 Playoffs Peterborough 5 0 3 3 8

Pos: Defence
Shoots: R
Height: 6'3
Weight: 206 lbs.
Born: 01/18/1990
From: King City, ON
Team: Niagara (OHL)
TSN: 4
ISS: 5
RLR: 7
McK: 3
THN: 5
Comparable: Sergei Zubov

From TSN: A big, mobile puck mover who makes doing things with the puck appear easy. Scouts believe his upside is huge because he's only just started to tap into his physical presence and as he matures they believe he could be a dominant force at both ends of the ice, although some scouts say he's only paid cursory attention thus far to the game without puck. His off-season conditioning has been significantly set back because of the spleen injury that ended his season prematurely, but in the long run there will be no ill effects.

From NHL Central Scouting: Alex is very poised out there on the ice. A tall player, who is still growing in to his body, Alex brings a keen ability to know when to pass the puck out of the zone, when to carry the puck out of the zone and he's unflustered in the face of a hard forecheck. He probably needs to get a little more assertive.

Year Team GP G A Pts Pim
2007-2008 Niagara (OHL) 60 13 40 53 94
2008 Playoffs Niagara 6 5 4 9 4

Pos: Left Wing
Shoots: R
Height: 6'
Weight: 165 lbs.
Born: 05/25/1990
From: Moscow, RU
Team: Moscow CSKA-2 (RusDi)
TSN: 5
ISS: 3
RLR: 2
McK: 7
THN: 4
Comparable: Daniel Alfredsson

From TSN: The Russian forward is a dynamic goal-scorer whose skill in that area draws comparison to Washington's Alexander Semin, but Filatov gets high marks from most scouts for being more of a complete package, in terms of work ethic, character and consistency. Fluent in English and the son of parents who received some education outside of Russia, the family is perceived as progressive and North America-friendly. In other words, this is a prospect who desperately wants to play in the NHL and immediately make the move to the pro game on this side of the ocean. He has quickness and a deft touch and while the "Russian" factor could cause him to slide a little lower than he's rated ? this is the consensus second-best forward available after Stamkos ? it's inconceivable to think he could slide as far as countryman Alexei Cherepanov did last year.

From NHL Central Scouting: A leader, has a great attitude, excellent work ethic and tons of talent. He has matured during the season and leads by example. He is an excellent skater who can change pace, even at top speed. Despite his size, he still plays aggressive, taking and giving hits.

Year Team GP G A Pts Pim
2007-2008 Moscow CSKA-2 (Russia III) 34 32 34 66 90

Pos: Defence
Shoots: R
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 212 lbs.
Born: 11/02/1989
From: Saskatoon, SK
Team: Kelowna (WHL)
TSN: 6
ISS: 6
RLR: 6
McK: 5
THN: 6
Comparable: Adam Foote

From TSN: He is without question the best defensive defenceman available in the draft, a big, physical presence with an edge who perfectly understands his role as a shutdown defender. The bonus is that he makes a great first pass, doesn't try to play outside of his ability and is as mentally tough as he is physically tough.

From NHL Central Scouting: He has a tough edge to him, he has the ability to, if caught up ice, to work hard and get back in time to recover. Needs to improve his decision-making.

Year Team GP G A Pts Pim
2007-2008 Kelowna (WHL) 57 7 21 28 100
2008 Playoffs Kelowna 7 2 2 4 6

This post edited by Flukinit 10:20 PM 06/19/2008
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I'd like to see some offense for a change.. but that's obvious hope they can put some pucks in the net.

Rangers should look for some tough D..

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