Despite the success on the ice in 2010-11, the Atlanta Thrashers pick one spot higher than they did at this time last year. After picking Evander Kane two seasons ago and Alexander Burmistrov last year, it will be interesting to see what direction the Thashers decide to go this season. In case you missed it, check out my overview of the Senators‘ needs from yesterday.
Picking for the Thrashers is Rachel, the lead writer for Thrasher Backer.
Ryan Murphy (Defenseman from the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL)
Jared’s Analysis – Perhaps a little surprising that the Thrashers went with the smaller Murphy ahead of the towering Hamilton. Murphy brings speed, mobility and an offensive head for the game. At 5’10”, 176 lbs, his size is an issue, but in today’s game not as troubling as it would have been 10 years ago (see Erik Karlsson for example). The Thrashers like his offensive upside with larger defensemen like Dustin Byfuglien and Zach Bogosian already in the fold.
Rachel gives a very simple explanation on Thrasher Backer’s decision:
We need some more D in our system!
Followers of the Thrashers should check out Thrasher Backer for a much more detailed reasoning on this selection and other Thrashers news.
Here are the Mock Draft results so far (click on the team name to go to the post about that pick):
|4||NEW JERSEY||Jonathan Huberdeau|
|5||NY ISLANDERS||Sean Couturier|
HAVE YOUR SAY
Now on the clock for the #8 selection, on behalf of the Columbus Blue Jackets, is Fire That Cannon.
PREVIEWING THE BLUE JACKETS
2010-2011 Record: 34-35-13 (24th Overall)
Goals for: 24th
Goals Against: 26th
Power Play: 29th
Penalty Kill: 22nd
TOP 5 Prospects in the system: Ryan Johansen (C), Nikita Filatov (LW), John Moore (D), Matthew Calvert (LW), David Savard (D)
NEEDS: The Blue Jackets are a team that can’t seem to get traction. They are a club that needs help on the offense as well as the blue line. As their best prospects are up front and the 4th ranked player, Dougie Hamilton, is still available, they could jump on him. Alternatively, Zibanejad could be their choice, albeit it would be a riskier one.
TOP 5 PLAYERS ON THE BOARD (per ISS):
1. Dougie Hamilton, D, Niagara (OHL)
2. Mika Zibanejad, C, Djurgarden (SWE ELITE)
3. Joel Armia, RW, Assat (FIN ELITE)
4. Duncan Siemens, D, Saskatoon (WHL)
5. Sven Bartschi, LW, Portland (WHL)
Check back on TOO MANY MEN ON THE SITE tomorrow evening to see who “Fire That Cannon” chooses to take for the COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS, as the Fansided mock draft continues!