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Eastern Conference Draft Grades

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

The grades below are based on two primary criteria. Did the team maximize the value of each pick? Did it address obvious organizational needs? Both are highly subjective assessments, but hey, this is a subjective piece. Feel free to present your counter-arguments below.

Boston Bruins
Sitting idly for more than four hours while every other team in the league dove into the deepest talent pool in a decade meant the Bruins would have to settle for long-term prospects with varying holes in their games. They may yet pull an impact player out of their six picks, but the more realistic scenario is that Linus Arnesson (60th) and Wiley Sherman (150) could mature into a third defensive pairing, while the rest are long shots at best. C

Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres had an obvious need for size and talent on the back end and GM Darcy Regier addressed it in a way that exceeded the highest hopes of the team’s fans. Rasmus Ristolainen (8) and Nikita Zadorov (16) are big, mean, impact players. The second round was just as fruitful, with hard-working forwards JT Compher (35) and Connor Hurley (38) and sniper Justin Bailey (52) giving the front lines an injection of second/third line potential. Add in the trade that netted defenseman Jamie McBain from Carolina and the day could not have gone better for this rebuilding franchise. A+

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SYF's avatar

Heh.  Gotta get used to seeing the Wings in the Eastern Conference now whenever I read articles.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 07/01/13 at 01:40 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Muir Gives Flyers an A ??? hahaha Most people laughed at their picks

Posted by Evilpens on 07/01/13 at 02:42 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

SYF, totally agree.
I almost clicked right past this.

So awesome that I can now click on ‘Eastern Conference’ news items and get Red Wing info. Sweet!

Posted by Hank1974 on 07/01/13 at 03:34 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Muir now has his WC grades up.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/01/13 at 03:58 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Even the Eastern Conference and Western Conference team sites links on NHL.com has been updated to reflect the new realignments; just not their respective Divisions, yet.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 07/01/13 at 04:00 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

So let me get this straight… the worst grade he gave out was a C? For the entire league? Just goes to show judging a draft class hours after it is born is a waste of time. These grades are meaningless. Get back to us in 5 and 10 years.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/02/13 at 07:23 AM ET

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