Friday, June 22, 2007

Pacioretty to the Habs

So the mock drafts that had Max Pacioretty going somewhere between 16-26 were pretty close. Even with several players being picked from "off the board", Patch was still selected 22nd by the Montreal Canadiens. As a Hab, he would join ex-Wolverine Mike Komisarek.

Pacioretty represented Michigan well by wearing a maize and blue tie to the event, which is being held in Columbus, OH. The crowd immediately booed him and started a "O-H! I-O!" chant. Enjoy your bottom of the CCHA, bottom of the Central Division finishes assssssssssssholes.

Aaron Palushaj, Tristin Llewellyn, Steven Kampfer, Matt Rust, and possibly Ben Winnett and Louie Caporusso figure to be drafted this weekend.

TSN says the following in their draft tracker:
There is no real mystery to Max Pacioretty's game with Sioux Falls of the USHL. He is an up and down winger who goes hard to the net, provides some physical play and is not without some offensive ability. He doesn't necessarily excel in any one area of the game but does a lot of things well enough to get first-round consideration, although a number of teams view him as more second-round material.

The Detroit Red Wings have just selected Brendan Smith out of St. Mike's (teammate of Louie Caporusso and Brandon Burlon). Previously he was a player that Michigan was interested in, but he ended up committing to Wisconsin. That's exciting to me because I'll get to go see him play. Imagine that, we actually took a guy out of college hockey. He's 6'1", 170 and had 12-24--36 in 39 games with St. Mike's.

TSN says the following:
The St. Michael's Buzzer defenceman will get discounted a little because of the level of competition in the Ontario Provincial Jr. A League, but there are few defenceman at any level that can skate the puck up the ice like Brendan Smith. He has a tendency to try to do too much with the puck but scouts like the raw potential.

I like that pick out of the Wings.

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