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    Quote Originally Posted by Albatross View Post
    not necessarily true. Lindros (1st overall highly touted) was traded out of Quebec and Quebec (Colorado) won the cup couple of years later. Lindros....well, we all know..played on a good line in Philly

    and I thought he was listed as C?
    Lindros was picked 1st OA by the Nordiques and refused to play for them. They traded him after he held out for a full year.
    Lafreniere is definitely a LW. https://www.eliteprospects.com/playe...xis-lafreniere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravesy View Post
    Lindros was picked 1st OA by the Nordiques and refused to play for them. They traded him after he held out for a full year.
    Lafreniere is definitely a LW. https://www.eliteprospects.com/playe...xis-lafreniere
    My point was that sometimes it does work for the team trading first overall pick. Since Limdros never played before being traded, essentially he was like LaFreniere, a prospect. Very similar situations IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albatross View Post
    My point was that sometimes it does work for the team trading first overall pick. Since Limdros never played before being traded, essentially he was like LaFreniere, a prospect. Very similar situations IMO
    It would be a similar situation if Lafreniere refuses to play for whoever picks him.
    As of now, it's completely unthinkable that whoever ends up with the #1 oa would trade out of it. The Lindros example is completely irrelevant when discussing the likelihood of that happening.

    For reference, this is what it cost to get Lindros after he held out for a full season:
    The finalized trade had the Nordiques acquire Hextall, Duchesne, Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Peter Forsberg, a first-round pick in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, $15 million, and future considerations
    It's a different time, and Lindros was obviously a special player, but in the unlikely event someone would be willing to trade out of it the cost to acquire the 1st OA this year would be exorbitant and likely cripple whoever trades for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravesy View Post
    Lafreniere is a left winger.
    And nobody's trading out of that pick. The return required wouldn't make it worthwhile for the other team.
    Yup

    And number 2 is untouchable as well. People are high on Byfield

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    As for trading up, they could probably get into the top-10 with the right package, but it would be costly. Probably both 1sts plus another piece, likely a young NHL player with at least some control attached.

    Highly unlikely anyone would trade them a top-5 pick. It would have to be a gross overpayment

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    I fear the top 2 picks.

    Googling "Lafreniere hurt" locks up my computer due to the high number of results. And there's just something about Byfield I dont like.

    I'll take either, obviously. But I'm not looking at the top few guys in the draft.
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    Speaking of Drafts

    NHL network is currently airing 2003 Draft:A look back

    Obviously we all know about the horrible Jessiman selection.

    What’s really amazing is how they literally got NOTHING from that entire draft.
    10 total picks in that draft played a combined total of 425 NHL games. Top 3 picks they had played 3 total NHL games

    So awful

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    Anyone getting drafted after Prucha is going to bust. Happens.

    2002 was probably worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    Anyone getting drafted after Prucha is going to bust. Happens.

    2002 was probably worse.
    Not really

    More NHL games from 2002 draftees vs 2003.
    And they had no 1st round pick that year.
    And 2003 was an historic draft.

    To get nothing...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    I fear the top 2 picks.

    Googling "Lafreniere hurt" locks up my computer due to the high number of results. And there's just something about Byfield I dont like.

    I'll take either, obviously. But I'm not looking at the top few guys in the draft.
    Byfield's "worry" is that his size has been his advantage all these years, and that's...probably to an extent true. Thing is, you gotta figure that he's going to end up being some kind of monstrosity to play against either way. Unless he goes on the Kevin Hayes diet, he's probably topping out at 6'7 240 - as a center. With that sort of a size and that sort of skill? Monster in the making.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G1000 View Post
    Byfield's "worry" is that his size has been his advantage all these years, and that's...probably to an extent true. Thing is, you gotta figure that he's going to end up being some kind of monstrosity to play against either way. Unless he goes on the Kevin Hayes diet, he's probably topping out at 6'7 240 - as a center. With that sort of a size and that sort of skill? Monster in the making.
    wait what? he's gonna magically grow 3 inches and add 25 lbs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Long live the King View Post
    wait what? he's gonna magically grow 3 inches and add 25 lbs?
    Isn't he already 6'6 220?
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    Quote Originally Posted by G1000 View Post
    Isn't he already 6'6 220?
    6'4 215. I mean he's big for sure, but not a giant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Long live the King View Post
    6'4 215. I mean he's big for sure, but not a giant.

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    I could swear I had him as 6'6 220 before the season. Looks like the common on him is 6'4 - occasionally I'm seeing a 6'5, so clearly I'm off here.

    Regardless, that's a damn big guy.
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    So, Lindros but not as dominant?

    That makes him Chris Gratton. Yikes.

    Just kidding. I'd take him.

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