I seem to be a minority opinion, but I liked what they did. First off, Michael McCarron was definitely a "person of interest" from my view point, he has unique size and physicality among the forward crop, and seems to have the necessary skill level to get on the ice for more than just a few shifts a game, the way most huge scrappers do. Already 6-5+, 230 pounds having just turned 18. I see him as a blend of two of my favorite Hab draft picks, Mike Komisarek
and Max Pacioretty
Jacob De La Rose, is 6-2+, 190 pounds, and slightly younger than McCarron. Plays a physical two way game but has been productive offensively at the same time. Similar player to McCarron, but not as large and further developed in his game.
Zac Fucale. I'm not a fan of drafting goaltenders high, but in the second round with two big physical forwards on board already, it seems like a solid choice. Very difficult to rate goaltenders among the draft prospects as a whole, but certainly he seems like very good value where he was taken.
Arturri Lehtonen. Fell off the bandwagon here. Not a fan of Finnish players in general, I think they tend to get overdrafted. Seems to have skill, but is undersized and an injury risk. I would have grabbed Will Carrier here. We'll see how things turn out.
Connor Crisp. Didn't get me back on the wagon at all. Seems like a standup kid and a willing scrapper with good size, but using a fourth round pick on an enforcer is wasteful.
Sven Arrighetto. Good throw of the dart at this point in the draft. Good offensive skill, stocky, and showed courage to come from Switzerland to play in the CHL.Reeks of being a sleeper score.
Martin Reway. See above and perhaps more so. This year's Brenden Gallagher. Was scoring at a better rate than Poirier in Gatineau. Outscored him in the playoffs as well, I believe.
Jerome Gregoire. Absololutely love this pick. Hugely underrated. He scored at the same rate on the same team as Zykov last season, and is a similar type player. Everyone crying about missing out on Zykov, here is your guy.
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