marakh wrote:Hopefully RNH keeps it quiet til the end of the season and falls a bit in the 4-6 range. TO me he's still easily the most skilled player in the draft.
RNH is my choice out of this draft, too. A lot of people are getting swept up in the Landeskog hype, which is understandable:
- Swedish but also seemingly Canadian
- Leadership + intangibles
- Power-forward style
- Scores goals, at least at the Junior level
- Beastly defensively
- I'm told he's quite handsome
But the fact remains, at least in my opinion, that RNH's offensive ceiling is (maybe quite a bit) higher than GL's. Where Landeskog should succeed is in a position like Skinner this year, on a team already featuring a big-time centre. I guess some could argue we have that in Spezza, but the injuries on his part are starting to get worrisome/irritating to me and I'd rather take the opportunity to move away from our dependency on Spezza rather than continue to build around him.
Of course, the problem with RNH from a fan perspective is he's way less NHL-ready than Landeskog. Duchene is often cited as a comparable in style to RNH, but MD was considerably more physically developed at the draft. This also brings up the fact that RNH is a bit of a risk - whereas Landeskog possibly has the upside of being a 2005-2008 Morrow or Mike Richards type, he also comes with an NHL-calibre downside, and a middle that's good as well (say, 20-25 goal, 20-25 assist-style good Fisher from last decade). RNH has more bust potential because of question marks about his weight/strength and his low goal-totals at the Junior level. On the flip side, though, if RNH can get significantly stronger and overcome his pass-first, pass-only mentality, he could be a really special player in the NHL.
This draft is fairly good as far as depth picks in the first are concerned, but it doesn't boast much by way of super-elite prospects, with the possible exception of Larsson. I'd rather have Hall, Seguin, Tavares, Duchene, Stamkos, Kane etc. over any of the forwards in this draft. But I will say that the character of the forwards seems to me less questionable than in years past. There were questions, especially about Hall, last year, for example. But RNH in his interviews really strikes me as a humble, down-to-earth, nice kid. And obviously no one's questioning Landeskog's character.
EDIT: Of course, I'd be ecstatic to land either of these guys and I doubt we're in that position on draft day.