Silver Nuggets: Early look at 2016 draft targets - defense
With the trade deadline coming up, we've all been focused on who the Senators may trade and the resulting impact on their big league roster. However, these decisions also impact the team's 2016 draft position, so I thought I'd highlight some of the key players that will be drafted around 7th to 15th overall to see if any favourites emerge. Let's begin!
Let it be known that I don't think Chychrun will be available at this time, but it's more of a possibility now than it ever was. Listed as Bob McKenzie's second rated prospect at the start of the season -- ahead of the Finnish duo of Puljujarvi and Laine -- Chychrun has been highly regarded since he joined the Sarnia Sting two years ago. A smooth skater, he has the ability to be a modern top-pair defenseman.
My personal favourite, Olli Juolevi likely isn't going to be around past 8th overall. The London Knights rearguard set the draft eligible defenseman point record at the most recent World Juniors, and is already getting accustomed to the North American game. With slick lateral movements and high vision, expect Juolevi to be a top-four staple for a long time to come.
With a name like Dante, how can you go wrong? Fabbro is currently refining his trade in the BCHL -- home of Kyle Turris and where Sens prospect Miles Gendron played last year -- and will be in the NCAA next season. It's hard to compare his numbers with the others, but Fabbro plays an offensive game that utilizes every ounce of his flashy skill. It's unsure how he'll do against top competition, but he may be worth the risk for an NHL team going for a home run.
Putting up Thomas Chabot-like numbers in a lower scoring league, Jake Bean is more than just a punny last name. His ceiling perhaps isn't as high as the other three names in this list due to a less dynamic offensive skillset, but Bean could potentially be counted on to play reliable, two-way hockey, with excellent positioning to top a team's PK unit.
The American born defenseman had a solid World Juniors in Finland, and has put him remarkable freshman numbers at Boston University this season (18 points, 30 games). An offensive threat, similar to Cody Ceci in juniors, McAvoy captains BU's powerplay and can more than hold his own defensively.
Do you have any favourites that come to mind? Anyone who you'd avoid with a ten foot pole? Let us know in the comments!
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- Next, your game coverage from Saturday night's shootout win over the Red Wings. [Silver Seven, SensChirp, Ottawa Citizen]
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