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  1. I find the ranges interesting. It is definitely not a consensus year. Nemec was as low as 2 but as high as 7 Gauthier was 3-10 Jiricek 5-12 Kemell 4-14 Lekkerimaki 4-17 Savoie 6-15 Kasper 5-21 Korchinski, Mintyukov and Geekie got top 10 consideration from scouts.
  2. Bob McKenzie said that Slafkovsky got 5 first place votes vs 4 for Wright. Wright was third on 2 lists.
  3. I hope it is more than a 7th rounder.
  4. I used to love watching Nordiques vs Habs, what a rivalry. Dale Hunter fighting brother Mark Hunter is one memory. The first Avs Cup was pretty much all ex Nords players. Patrick Roy would never have been traded to Quebec though.
  5. I posted this in another thread, the Avs have 6 of their own first rounders plus 7 first rounders from other teams. The draft matters. Depth matters in the playoffs, injuries deplete lineups and tighter checking can shut down superstars.
  6. I looked it up and the 4 league/team format has been in place since 1972. It was an east vs west format before that time.
  7. As far as I remember it has been a 4 team tournament. Champions of WHL, OHL and QMJHL plus host city, which is rotated among the 3 leagues. The host this year, Saint John, was knocked out early in the Q playoffs. They had been practicing and waiting since early May. They won all of their round robin games and got a bye to the finals. The CHL tries to select a host who should be peaking by the year that they play the tournament. That can be a challenge in itself.
  8. Nadeau scores on a tip to tie it up 2-2 in the second. He has a goal in every game of the Memorial Cup. Commentator called it a Pavelski type goal.
  9. Olivier Nadeau with a primary assist on Shawinigan’s first goal in the Memrial Cup semi final vs Hamilton. 1-1 after the first.
  10. As Bieksa said last night on HNIC, it is a copycat league so expect some deeper analysis of the Avs roster from the media. The Avs we’re the 31st place team in the NHL six years ago. Only 5 guys remain from that roster. My quick takes: 6 of their own first round picks. Big part of their core ( Makar, MacKinnon, Landeskog, Rantanen) and 2 emerging players (Byram & Newhook). 7 of other teams’ first round picks. Kadri, Nichushkin, Burakovsky, Johnson &Johnson, Cogliano, Murray 4 second rounders, all by other teams. Girard, Compher, Lehkonen, Aubrey-Kubel 7 UFAs, Nichushkin, Francouz, J.Johnson and Helm being the most important. Trades bringing in Kadri, Toews, Kuemper, Girard, Lehkonen, E.Johnson, Burakovsky, Manson, Sturm and Compher. Most of those deals were won by the Avs.
  11. With the amount of picks, the lack of signed goalie prospects and with the uncertainty in net, they need to draft a goalie. This should happen every draft so that they get an NHL caliber one every few years.
  12. I’m very happy for MacKinnon. Joe Sakic was a great player and now adds to his legacy with solid management skills. Congratulations Avalanche.
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