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Old 07-03-2016, 05:23 PM   #1
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Goodbye Buffalo. Hello Chicago.

Maybe it's too soon for some, but never too early to look ahead to the next wave. Thought I'd kick off 2017 NHL Draft talk (if no one else has).

2017 NHL Draft Rankings: The Next Ones Preliminary Edition

The Early Fab Five

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Nolan Patrick leads the way as a potential franchise centreman. Sublime puckmoving blueliner Timothy Liljegren is nipping at his heels. Kailor Yamamoto is somewhat undersized, but compensates with dynamic offensive skills, impressive instincts, and game-changing ability. Gabriel Vilardi is another stud centre with immense potential. Nico Hischier will make a push to be the highest Swiss player drafted ever.
The Top 61 Prospects
*Prospect Profiler Notes for the Top 30

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Old 07-03-2016, 05:24 PM   #2
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Old 07-03-2016, 05:26 PM   #3
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I wonder which one the Oilers will "luck" into.
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RIP Nolan Patrick's career once going to Edmonton.

Who are we likely to take at #30 #31?
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Old 07-03-2016, 05:38 PM   #5
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hopefully we wont have to be following the top 10 closely next may
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How long until we see an Oilers Patrick jersey? Honest question.
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Old 07-03-2016, 05:50 PM   #7
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RIP Nolan Patrick's career once going to Edmonton.

Who are we likely to take at #30?
31 ... Remember expansion.
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Old 07-03-2016, 05:55 PM   #9
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Another Pee Wee Dynamo in the top 10 ? Seems to be happening every year since Gaudreau showed up in the NHL.
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:09 PM   #10
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I see the Flames being in a lottery spot. We were close this year but had some good streaks. Winnipeg and Edmonton got better, St. Louis and LA got worse.
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I see the Flames being in a lottery spot. We were close this year but had some good streaks. Winnipeg and Edmonton got better, St. Louis and LA got worse.
I tend to be pessimistic towards the Flames since they've only made the playoffs once since 2009. But with such a big upgrade in goaltending, I don't think regression is very likely.

If I'm not mistaken, the 2017 draft will have more WHL players at the top end. I'm looking forward to that, because that makes watching the Hitmen games more interesting. And it's always nice when the hometown guys do well.
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:25 PM   #12
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Fun to look back at the 2016 NHL draft thread at the start to see how various players were touted 12 months ago. One thing for sure, the lists will look different come June 2017.
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I tend to be pessimistic towards the Flames since they've only made the playoffs once since 2009. But with such a big upgrade in goaltending, I don't think regression is very likely.

If I'm not mistaken, the 2017 draft will have more WHL players at the top end. I'm looking forward to that, because that makes watching the Hitmen games more interesting. And it's always nice when the hometown guys do well.
Well Elliot could still flop. He wasn't great in Ottawa and stingy systems like St. Louis' tend to inflate goalie stats. We essentially replaced Hudler with Brouwer and Russell with Jokipakka. We also lost Colborne and Jooris, assuming they are replaced them with prospects.

Hudler had chemistry with the top line during the playoff year, and Russell had Chemistry with Wideman that year. It's hard to say if Brouwer or Jokipakka can replace those guys all of a sudden. Look at Hamilton's slow start, so assuming the new faces will need to adjust. In fact, with a new coach, the whole team will need to adjust. A coach that doesn't have the best NHL record
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Well Elliot could still flop. He wasn't great in Ottawa and stingy systems like St. Louis' tend to inflate goalie stats. We essentially replaced Hudler with Brouwer and Russell with Jokipakka. We also lost Colborne and Jooris, assuming they are replaced them with prospects.

Hudler had chemistry with the top line during the playoff year, and Russell had Chemistry with Wideman that year. It's hard to say if Brouwer or Jokipakka can replace those guys all of a sudden. Look at Hamilton's slow start, so assuming the new faces will need to adjust. In fact, with a new coach, the whole team will need to adjust. A coach that doesn't have the best NHL record
And we're off topic.
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And we're off topic.
No we're not? The Flames 2016-17 performance is directly tied to 2017 draft.

What you said dragged this thread off topic, ironically enough
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:55 PM   #16
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Well Elliot could still flop. He wasn't great in Ottawa and stingy systems like St. Louis' tend to inflate goalie stats. We essentially replaced Hudler with Brouwer and Russell with Jokipakka. We also lost Colborne and Jooris, assuming they are replaced them with prospects.

Hudler had chemistry with the top line during the playoff year, and Russell had Chemistry with Wideman that year. It's hard to say if Brouwer or Jokipakka can replace those guys all of a sudden. Look at Hamilton's slow start, so assuming the new faces will need to adjust. In fact, with a new coach, the whole team will need to adjust. A coach that doesn't have the best NHL record
Jokipakka plays a tighter, safer game in his D zone than Russell. Brouwer is the definition of 200-foot player & should he play with Johnny & Mony it should tighten up their line's defensive game a well.

Our D corps may not be as good as St Louis, but with a healthy Brodie it's really not that far behind. Sure, Elliott & Johnson could flop, but it couldn't possibly get any worse than Hiller/Ramo last season. Playing in front of sieve goaltending makes everyone shaky.

A draft lottery pick is very unlikely for the Flames in 2017.

... *knocks on wood*
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:23 PM   #17
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Nikita Popugayev is someone who interests me a lot. As does the giant son of former NHLer Keith Primeau, Cayden. A 6'4" right shooting RW in Popugayev or a 6'7" athletic goalie in Primeau.

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Old 07-04-2016, 12:43 AM   #18
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Vegas gets #3 overall in next year's draft right?
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Vegas gets #3 overall in next year's draft right?
Tied for the 3rd best odds.

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The Las Vegas franchise will be given the same odds in the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery as the team finishing with the third-fewest points during the 2016-17 regular season.
https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-expansi...es/c-281010592
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