I can't agree. I think it's absolutely foolish for anyone at this point to
be able to claim that Parise is
A) going to be a better player than Nilsson
B) is even a better player than Nilsson now
He may be in both cases, or he may not. ^^
Well I had Parise rated 7th and Nilsson rated 11th before the draft and I'm not going to change my mind now.What I liked about what the guy on the site did with his grades as opposed to Pierre McGuire is he ripped the other teams for not picking Parise but not the Isles and actually had just good things to say about the Nilsson pick. If it wasn't for the Isles picking Nilsson and Devils picking Parise where they did who knows how far they would have fell, like Jiri Hudler last year, who I had rated #6. All these teams get scared away because of size which is just ridiculous in some cases. But hey, I love Nilsson, I'll be purchasing a Nilsson jersey the day after he plays his first NHL game.
Honestly, I am still wondering about Chernykh. Too early to tell, but
there is much to say that it may not have been necessary picking him over
one of the Dmen that were lying around (Stehlik, Sulzer, Drtina). In fact,
only the comments from Kallur seem to be of any praise, all other reports
say - at this stage - he seems to be leaving much to be desired.^^
Yeah, I would rather have Sulzer than Cherynikh. I thought Egener and Ramholt were the only 2nd rd defenseman who the Isles had to take with one of their three 2nd rd'er if they were available, but they weren't. But after that you would think the Isles would reach for a D-man if they had to because of the lack of depth on the team and there were still some intriguing possibilties. Before the draft I always thought Central Scouting's ranking of Chernikh 4th for European Skaters was the most outlandish ranking. Now I try to think of it the other way that maybe Central Scouting was on to something, ranking him right behind Kastsitsyn, but who knows. Even as far as Russians I would rather have Mirnov and maybe Khomutov but Minnesota getting O'Sullivan at #56 is the steal of the 2nd rd. Imagine if the Isles would have came away with a All Star Winger in Nilsson, a Power Forward/Power Center in Tunik, who is a Chris Gratton type,Patrick O'Sullivan, and then say get that defenseman we need in Alexander Sulzer at #58. That could have been sweet. But I would still rate the Isles draft right up there with Montreal, NJ, Philly and a few others. Look at what Nashville did, they got D Ryan Suter (#7)who was the first defenseman taken, got W Konstantin Glazachev at #35 who was considered a mid 1st rd'er by alot of scouts, D Kevin Klein at #37, a consensus late 1st rd'er or the 6th best D-man available, D Shea Weber(49th) a consensus 2nd rd'er, D Richard Stehlik(#76) who's a Wild Card 1st/2nd/3rd rd'er, D Alexander Sulzer(#92) who we were just talking about, Grigory Shafigulin(98), their 4th 3rd rd pick, who like Chernikh was a Russian forward who scouts were mixed about but some thought had a high ceiling, They got questionably 5 of the top 50 defenseman and still got their two good Russian forward prospects like the Islanders did. Jealous much? I am. Talk about playing up to the home crowd. San Jose also did well; Pittsburgh; L.A., Florida got Nathan Horton and Anthony Stewart who actually had a memorable fight where Horton got his jaw broke and struggled for the rest of the regular season and Stewart who made a bigger name for himself out of it. Then they got Stefan Meyer and Kamil Kreps in the 2nd rd; There's 4 pretty damn good forwards just like the Isles but I thought the Isles had good depth with Gervais, Blaho and Rehak. Columbus also did well. So overall I would put the Islanders draft in the top 20% of the league and I think everybody would have to admit they did a good job of adding a number of assets to the organization.
Let's see if this Isles draft class has a chance of measuring up to the 99' draft class. That's alot to ask for.
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Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 3:49 AM
Subject: [Islanders-SoundTigers] Draft Grades on each team with analysis on the picks.. Hmmmmm - beg to differ
Kevin wrote about the draft analysis:
Wow, I agreed with just about everything this guy had to say about the
draft. He must have mentioned Parise with 6 different teams and how they
missed the boat. I see it the same way though. If it was me I couldn't
have passed on Parise for the Isles. Even if they would have had to move
Yashin to the wing or Parise to the wing you have to take the best
available player at #15.
I personally am now only concerned
with Nilsson, since he was picked. No regrets. Now, I love college hockey,
but let's face it, it's not the same as playing in a professional league,
much less in Sweden's top men's league. I think anyone who goes around at
this point criticizing our GM, or actually any others who had picks
between 8 and 20, for having taken some young player in this draft OTHER
than Parise is basing that solely on his/her own pesonal affection for
Parise or his lineage or his style or etc., etc., etc. There is just
nothing that is noting he's gonna be anything that Nilsson can't also be.
Not to mention, considering the upcoming lockout and the rights to
European players in comparison to those of college kids or even CHL kids,
we have lots of time and leeway with signing Nilsson. Teams who drafted
North American kids don't necessarily have that luxury.
Interesting note about RedLine Report's Draft Preview. They mention that
there is 16 players that they have rated much worse than where they will
actually be drafted. Three of those players are Dmitry Chernykh, Bruno
Gervais and Stefan Blaho. Though only Chernykh do they actually seem to be
26- Robert Nilsson-
Projection: 1st line for middle tier club, 2nd line for top tier club
Style compares to: Martin Straka/Brendan Morrison
Who does Parise's style actually 'compare' to? I figure to these guys
above as well. If I had to gander, Parise seems like he'll be
Whitney/Ronning type, Nilsson a Nylander/Cassels type. Not too much
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