What a draft! The Avs did a great job, even if we did pass on Cherepanov. But lets look at it from a "fuller" point of view!
The Top 3 Picks
1. Patrick Kane - Chicago
2. James Van Riemsdyk - Philadelphia
3. Kyle Turris - Phoenix
Everyone knew that these three would be the first ones taken, but the order didn't turn out as I expected it. Although I felt Turris would go number one, Kane is certainly a safe pick. Small and speedy, he's just another foward to add to Chicago's arsenal. Expect the Blackhawks to be scary in the next 3-5 years. I can't believe the Flyers didn't take Turris. They've been scouting him for years. Instead, they took Van Riemsdyk, who has way too hard of a name to become a well known player :P He's off to college, so Flyers fans are in for a wait. Then comes Turris, who fell right into the Coyotes lap. Easiest pick of the night.
Fact: The first draft in history in which two Americans were taken with the top two picks!
Surprises: The first surprise is the number four pick, [b] Thomas Hickey[/b]. Hickey wasn't even one of the top three defensemen on the board and considering his size, I'm shocked the Kings took him. Why not Keaton Ellerby or Karl Alzner? (Both were taken in the Top 10.) This could come back to haunt them.
What about Alexei Cherepanov falling all the way to #17. A foward from Russia, you can bet that the transfer agreement came into play here. He says he'll be in the NHL by next year, so I'm not sure why teams were skeptical. I mean, if they don't let him come, he can always pull a Malkin :P
Angelo Esposito falling to the Penguins at #20? At one point, he was the unanimous #1 pick. Wait a sec. Cherepanov and Esposito falling to two of the leagues' marquee teams? Is something going on here? Eh, who cares. The Pens just got a whole lot scarier.
Colorado: Stayed away from centers, and got much needed defensive depth with Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen, both of whom are responsible and can score.
San Jose: Nick Petreki, the most physical defenseman available and Logan Coture, an extremely talented foward gives San Jose a great future first line.
Los Angeles: If you wanted a defenseman, Alzner was the way to go. I can't justify Hickey. He would have been there in the 20's or 30's. Should have traded the pick.
Could Be A Surprise:
Trevor Cann: Taken by the Avs (This is a Colorado Avalanche blog, first ;)) Cann was the best goalie in the draft. And even though the position was very thin this year, Cann will have an oppurtunity in Colorado after Theodore is shown the door and Cann is allowed to compete with Peter Budaj for the #1 job in the 2008-2009 season.