Sacré bleu!

That was lame. Whatever.

Anyway.

The draft should start now. I need to know what’s going to happen. Are we going to trade up? Trade the first round pick all together? Who are we going to pick up first?

Well, a lot of kids have been named to go #24 to Les Washington Capitals because after the first few, no one knows anything (Especially if the Isles pass on Tavares and go for Hedman).

Landon Ferraro [Pierre McGuire and Tarik El-Bashir]
C 5’11/165 Red Deer(WHL)

Dmitri Orlov [Craig Button]
D 6’/197 Novokuznetsk(Russia)

Peter Holland [The Program]
C 6’1/178 Guelph(OHL)

Tim Erixson [Sports New’s Craig Custance.]
D 6’2/190 Skelleftea(Sweden)

Jacob Josefson [USA Today and Vancouver Sun.]
C 6’/187 Djurgården(Sweden)

The first things I notice:
It’s not projected that we’ll get a winger by anyone. But then again, for GMGM, it’s about getting the best player available, and these people probably figured that in. Another thing, they’re all under 200, but I guess that’s just because they’re all so young and haven’t been developed. I suppose all of the draftees are under the 200 mark right now.

Now, as Caps fans, we’ve all come to figure out how much GMGM loves his bloodlines. Ferraro‘s father, Ray, played in the NHL for 18 seasons. There’s concern with GMGM doing this because the offspring of NHLers seem to be pretty undersized, as in under 6’. Chris Bourque is small, but he’s a pretty scrappy guy. Maybe this Ferraro kid can do some damage, but it could take a while.

Don’t know anything really about Orlov, but if we did pick him up, I think he’d have a pretty easy transition with the help of Alex Ovechkin & Co. He seems to have decent size, maybe needs a little more weight on him. NHL Scouting report says he’s an offensively minded defenseman, and he’s strong but not too physical.  We’ve got already got Mike Green and John Carlson, who are both offensive defenseman, and we need a big physical presence on the blueline. I think he’d probably spend another year in Russia or go to Juniors in Canada. All of this without really knowing much about the kid.

Holland is said to be a good two-way power foward by his coach at Guelph and NHL Central Scounting’s Chris Edwards. He’d be able to play on maybe the second power play unit and the PK. We need some good two-way guys, but I doubt he’d help us this year. My guess is that if he were to have a good showing at camp, he’d be assigned to Hershey. He just needs to make sure he’s in great shape, as do all the other potential Capitals. If any of these kids aren’t 100% in shape and ready, they’ll have a fun time when Gabby tests them. 

The Swedes. It’s really annoying to see about a million plays on “How Swede it is.” Get it? Swede, sweet? Yeah, stupid as hell was what I was thinking, too. Erixson, Erixson, Erixson. Sidney Crosby? Why? Beside the fact that he likes The Kid, his dad played in 556 NHL games, and he likes to try and pattern his game after Nicklas Lidstrom, which essentially every Swedish defenseman says. If he could develop into anything like Lidstrom, that’d be phenomonal. The scouting report says he can lead the rush or support it, but I think he’d be doing more supporting than leading. In 45 games, he had 7 points (2-5) and only 12 PIM. If he can turn into a solid stay-at-home blueliner who doesn’t take too many penalties, that would be fine by me.

Josefson is another good two-way-player. Responsible defensively, “…a playmaker, a guy who sees the ice really well, creates a lot of scoring chances with his passing skills.” (Director of European Scouting) Maybe he’ll be a Nicky Backstrom, and we all know that would amazing. If and when he’s ready, he could take the 2nd line center job we have open.

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