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Defencemen Tops in the Draft

From Michael Traikos at the National Post,

After Stamkos, the next five North American skaters are all defenceman. But the order in which they will be drafted depends on whom you ask and when.

According to Central Scouting, Peterborough’s Bogosian is ranked the highest at second overall. Four months earlier Guelph’s Doughty (third) was the top-ranked defenceman. One league scout believes Kelowna’s Tyler Myers (fourth) has the potential to become the best of the bunch five years down the road, while another puts Kelowna’s Schenn (fifth) and Niagara’s Pietrangelo (sixth) at the top because they are the most NHL-ready.

“There’s no slot after No. 1,” said Rick Dudley, assistant general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks. “With most organizations, there’s a difference of opinion over who’s the second to sixth player in this draft. That’s a little unusual.”

Trying to choose between five defencemen who have the capability of becoming franchise players is so difficult that teams are asking the players themselves for advice.

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  Tags: 2008+nhl+draft

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