N4L wrote:I dont think teams touch him who need a sure fire NHLer, ie low risk. Murray can actually do that having Spezza here despite both yours and I opinions on him. He doesnt need to step in and be anything more then a 2nd or 3rd line guy. No pressure on him with Spezza here and that actually gives him time to develope and learn without being crucified like he would be in Ottawa.
MacFarland is available at 19, I dont have too much doubt about that.
I've never met McFarland but from what I've read, pressure wasn't really the issue - allegedly when he was drafted he had a sort of Kabanov-like complex and father and expected everything to be handed to him. He didn't battle for the puck, he didn't treat his team-mates well, etc. He became physical when he was frustrated and not scoring (actually, though, that's better than just becoming invisible like Kovalev). This past season, I read that goalies figured out a move that gave him success last season, which led to a slow start offensively.
There was a clear commitment to improving his defence this season, which hopefully means he's out-grown some of the bad attitude that had some people comparing him to Rob Schremp (with less junior success). It's also incredible to watch him play for Canada where he has more talent around him instead of the lousy Wolves - this would hopefully be the benefit of playing in the NHL, although he would at the same time be against better competition.
Even with Stamkos-like skills, I see him as a complementary player more than a guy to build around. But, of course, I don't think you should be holding out hope that your mid-first-round pick will be a franchise player. And, maybe if he cracks the Sens' roster quickly enough, he'd learn a little from His Alfieship.