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2016 NHL Draft Reflections

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  • #16
    Originally posted by Xaej View Post
    Overall, it's clear that the main theme/goal of this draft was size. Not a single player drafted is less than 6'0", and they are mostly heavier, with room to grow into their height as well.

    Maybe this is a reaction to seeing some of the bigger physical teams up close this year, maybe it's a reaction to our frequent injuries. Who knows the reason, but it's clear they wanted size.

    The draft class looks pretty good, One 1st and 3 second rounders is VERY nice. Some of these players will be stepping into bigger roles this year, too (like the new Paquette).

    The biggest missed opportunity at the draft, imo, is moving one of the big contracts. I know, I know "need two to tango" and all that jazz. But I'm sorry, I won't believe we couldn't move Filppula when Holland seemed to find an ideal fit for Datsyuk only several days after learning definitely that he was leaving.

    Pretty rough to lose DeAngelo for only a second, seems like a real cutting-your-losses type scenario, there. Still, Hajek seems like a slam-dunk top 4 guy, so I'm sure it will all work out in the end, but when you have a potential 50-point defenseman, I'd like to get a little more out of him.

    That said, I don't want to come off to negative here (contrary to what the internet would have you believe, it is possible to have both positive and negative thoughts about something ). I do think this is a strong draft class, and I feel much better about it than I did/do about 2015's group.
    Holland wasn't going to do anything with his new found cap room. That is earmarked for Stamkos and if that fails then it could have been an option