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One of my favorite people to do e-mail interviews with, Scotty Wazz of the Face-Off Hockey Show, was kind enough to take time out of his hectic schedule to give us his thoughts on the 2012 NHL Entry Draft as well as what is going on in the NHL when it comes to the free agent season.
PH: As always, you and the FOHS crew were at the NHL Entry Draft this season. What was that experience like for you?
SW: It was an interesting experience, for sure. The CONSOL Energy Center is a pretty sweet building and the new video board the NHL has for the draft board made it’s grand debut. Plus, it’s always good to see my other friends from the blogging and media world, as well as putting faces and real names to those people I interact with on Twitter. Despite the confusing roads and all the bridges in Pittsburgh, it was a good time overall.
PH: As a whole, did you enjoy the draft this year? were there any surprises or disappointments?
SW: It was definitely an interesting draft, as some thought it could be a crap-shoot after the first couple of picks. Two of the bigger surprises could be the move the Penguins made moving Jordan Staal to Carolina, which would open up some money for the Penguins in the free agency market and help Jordan bust out of the shadows of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The other surprise was the Calgary Flames picking up Mark Jankowski in the first round, as he was projected to go much later and considering he is coming out of the Quebec high school system (despite playing US prep schools)—it’s a sizeable risk when it comes to a first round pick when there could be better talent in higher skilled leagues out there.
I don’t know if there’s many disappointments, though maybe you could consider the fall down the board of Filip Forsberg and Mikhail Girgorenko to the mid-first round. Also, the fall through the year of defenseman Nick Ebert, who didn’t have the best year in Windsor; but he fell all the way until the last pick—which could help the Kings when he develops even more. Yet, on a day like draft day, I’m sure just getting drafted is a great time for them, regardless of where it is.
PH: With their first pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Blueshirts took defenseman Brady Skjei. Tell us what you know about him and if you think this was a good pick or not?
JR: Good skater and is a product of the USNTP program. He has a very good ability to read the ice. I disagree with the Rangers about his offense as he needs a lot of work there. His defensive skills are very good and he is not afraid to use his body to make plays.
Skjei is heading to Minnesota, which is one of the top NCAA programs in the U.S. (They were WCHA regular season champs)
Skjei reminds me of Ryan McDonagh when he first entered Wisconsin, but I see this as a three to four year development time player.
Good evening folks. I hope you all enjoyed watching the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
It was an interesting first round to say the least. Seeing Jordan Staal get traded to the Carolina Hurricanes to play alongside his brother Eric, having Malcolm Subban, Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman P.K. Subban’s younger brother, get drafted by the Boston Bruins, see Dallas Stars’ forward Mike Ribeiro go to the Washington Capitals with the Capitals giving up a valuable prospect in Cody Eakin while also having a trade between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Philadelphia Flyers all made it an interesting day for the National Hockey League.
Of course, it was also interesting for the New York Rangers as the team took defenseman Brady Skjei with the 28th overall pick of the draft. Click here to read what the Rangers’ web site says about him.
With the success that the team has had with the likes of Ryan McDonagh and Michael Sauer (before he got hurt), it should not be surprising that the Rangers’ took another American-born defenseman. Central Scouting ranked him at No. 19 and said the following about him:
NOTES: Stay-at-home blueliner is best skater among defensemen in draft but needs to use his big frame better. Plus-10 for gold medalist U.S. team at World Under 18s. Will begin his college career at Minnesota in the fall.
With the 2012 NHL Entry Draft right around the corner, I figured now would be the perfect time to get the pulse of what the New York Rangers need to do this year.
PH: What do you think the Rangers’ overall goal should be at this year’s NHL Entry Draft? Why?
JR: Increased depth. 28 is really a 2nd rd pick so the Rangers ought to be looking for the best player no matter which position. This draft is full of good solid defenders, which in turn would mean some good forwards will fall down in the draft as well. The biggest thing I see is that those I really like, Tanner Pearson of Barrie, Nicolas Kerdiles of USNTDP, Cristoval Nieves of Kent HS and Ludvig Bystrom of Sweden are all guys who I see slipping down into the middle of the 2nd round.
PH: Based on where the team is picking this year, who do you think the team should target? Why?
JR: I actually want to see them either trade down to try to regain the lost picks (3 of them) or use the pick as part of a trade package. It is not the Rangers who will be picking a franchise player. If they did keep the pick, I believe they will wind up looking on defense because depth there is now a problem not only because of Sauer’s status, but also the failures of Valentenko and a couple of others defensive prospects failing to show they are NHL material.