I'm getting spooked at all this Landeskog buzz. Does anyone else think that there are much better players available for the Sens to draft? I think a good old fashioned high-potential Canadian centre is the way to go here. In my opinion, a player like Couturier, Nugent-Hopkins, or Huberdeau would work wonders for our team. I will say though, that I have no evidence other than stat columns and youtube highlight reels.
There are definitely reasons to believe that Landeskog would be a good fit here. He took the hard road through the OHL, he speaks perfect English, he's Swedish but plays with the edge of Mike Richards, and the fact that the Sens have a million Swedish prospects. He also has a late birthday, and is about a year older than most other prospects. But, are any of these things really relevant? To be honest I think he just kinda reminds people of Alfie. Swedish leader-type with a three syllable last name. Not that being compared to Alfie is a bad thing....
But each of those players that I mentioned earlier have at least 30 more points than Landeskog this year, albeit more games played. And one could argue that since he's older, the others are a year behind Landeskog in their development. I don't want the Sens to sacrifice a player who ultimately has a higher ceiling just because Landeskog is more likely to step in and make an immediate impact. It also seems like Landeskog benefits from hanging around the front of the net and banging in goals, whereas the other players are creating their chances themselves.
I guess I just don't understand the hype around the guy from what I've seen (stats, youtube highlights), but I trust our scouts to make the decision. I'm gonna check out the 67's game against Kitchener tomorrow and maybe Landeskog will prove me wrong.