from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, The fans who pack the stands for the first round Friday at the Consol Energy Center might want to temper their excitement because some of the guys sitting at those tables making the picks are less than thrilled.
“It’s (bleeping) terrible,” said one Eastern Conference executive, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “This year’s draft has to be the worst draft in 12 years.”
Hold it — the draft can’t be this bad can it?
Surely top prospects Nail Yakupov (Sarnia), Ryan Murray (Everett), Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec) and Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia) are going to be strong talents.
Everybody is going to do their mock drafts. But here’s one guarantee: Nobody is going to be right. This could go several different ways.
“There’s all kinds of factors involved here,” said one director of player personnel. “No. 1 is the Russian factor because they’ve got lots of options with the Kontinental Hockey League offering big money. No. 2 is the lack of depth fac