Draft Tracker

[b]Here are the first 15 picks of the first round:[/b] 1. St. Louis: D Erik Johnson, USNTDP (US) 2. Pittsburgh: C Jordan Staal, Peterborough (OHL) 3. Chicago: C Jonathan Toews, North Dakota (WCHA) 4. Washington: C Nicklas Backstrom, Brynas (SWE) 5. Boston: C Phil Kessel, Minnesota (WCHA) 6. Columbus: C Derrick Brassard, Drummondville (QMJHL) 7. New York (I): RW Kyle Okposo, Des Moines (USHL) 8. Phoenix: C Peter Mueller, Everett (WHL) 9. Minnesota: C James Sheppard, Cape Breton (QMJHL) 10. Florida: C/W Michael Frolik, Kladno (CZE) 11. Los Angeles: G Jonathan Bernier, Lewiston (QMJHL) 12. Atlanta: C Bryan Little, Barrie (OHL) 13. Toronto: C/W Jiri Tlusty, Kladno (CZE) 14. Vancouver: RW Michael Grabner, Spokane (WHL) [b]15. Tampa Bay: G Riku Helenius, Ilves Jr (FIN Jr)[/b]

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An absolute waste of a pick

An absolute waste of a pick if you ask me. Nothing against Helenius, but with guys like Sanguinetti up there, they can't even say they were drafting BPA. Big mistake IMO. Emmerton, Maxwell, Vasyunov, Berglund, or even Burki or Joensuu. I just don't like this pick.

Re: Helenius

I'm fine with Helenius as a player. He's big, athletic, well schooled technically and is a competitor. When they say they believe he was the best player available, I can believe that. But, I'm not sure he's a sure fire future #1 goaltender. I'm not even sure he's a better prospect than Ramo. And if you're not certain in that position, the better thing to do IMO is to move down and get more picks. There's a definite log jam in the system brewing right now. Putting Cey aside (he looks like he'll be crushed by the numbers game) you've got Boutin, Coleman and Ramo under contract. Koshechkin has to be signed by next June 1. Helenius will have to be signed a year after that. Good luck to Kevin Beech on getting a contract now. That looks like a waste of a pick in last year's draft under the circumstances. It just seems like the team isn't using their limited draft resources efficiently to address their role needs, although I like the Quick pick and think he'll go part of the way to addressing the offensive d-man problem. It's looking like a bad day. They didn't address their short term needs and they are going to barely scratch the surface of their long term role needs. There's a quiet roar starting to grow in the Lightning fan base that Jay Feaster is a little too trigger shy and doesn't have the saavy to do what it takes to put this team back into contention. Nothing that happened today is going to dissuade that, which is a shame. I had some good expectations coming into today.

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