Watching the World Juniors and there were two guys I'd been wanting to see.
Quinn Hughes - Michigan D.
Andrei Svechnikov - Sudbury LW.
Rasmus Dahlin - Frolunda D
Filip Zadina - Halifax LW
Hughes looked great against Belarus or something but then was a liability the rest of the tournament. Despite all that speed, he's very small. His dad is small. His uncle is small.
I'm not opposed to undersized defensemen, but it depends how high in the draft we are.
Svechnikov - Against the USA he couldn't beat anyone to in the inside or the outside and he couldn't get anywhere near the net. He definitely didn't look like one of Russia's best players and didn't really stand out. Like his brother, his skating just doesn't seem to allow him to showcase his other skills.
Dahlin - Looks solid and has had his share of fantastic moments.
Zadina - Looked sensational some games. Not so much tonight against Canada.
At this point, it's very early, but after Dahlin, it's anyone's game.
Outside the #1 pick, I don't view this draft as any better than last year's. Maybe I'm wrong. We'll see. I might be singing a different tune in February or June.
But I'm not sure it's totally clear you get a better pick #2 than #8.