Saturday, June 25, 2011
So with 23 on the board, the Pens management thought long and hard about their pick. As a somewhat educated observer and albeit fan of my team, I also played the role of GM Ray Shero for a moment and scouted my list of potential draftees, looking for the best fit to fill a need. The obvious choice would have been to go for a winger. We always need wingers. When your team plays host to three of the best centermen in the NHL today (Crosby, Malkin, Staal if you were wondering), it's only logical to get as many role playing wingmen to compliment their on ice talent. I had my eye on Brandon Saad, the 18 year old from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania (a little town about 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh). I mean, come on. He's a hometown boy, as a kid his heros were Penguins, he fills a needed spot on the wing, and he's not too shabby of a player either, ranked as the 19th best North American skater in the Central Scouting rankings. The fact that he was even still available at this point was a shock to me considering at one point, he was a top 10 pick in most mock drafts. But for Saad, the first round came and went and the Saginaw Spirit forward has to continue his waiting game.
So who is Mr. Joe Morrow? Morrow was placed at #12 on the list of top North American skaters eligible for the draft back in May by the Central Scouting Bureau. He's considered pretty tough of a defensemen with not only strength to win the battles along the boards but quickness to be able to transition between zones. He is a two-way defensemen that can put the puck in the back of the net as well as many mid-tier forwards. He had 9 goals and 40 assists last year, helping the Winterhawks to their first division title in 9 years. Plus, come playoff time he doesn't disappear into the wallpaper. He added another 6 goals and 14 assists on the way to a berth in the WHL finals. He is also a big Call of Duty guy when he's not watching episodes of Entourage or Tom & Jerry cartoons. But I can go on and on about this guy or just let the professionals do it for me.
Check this out...
Fowler? Maybe. Coffey? Not a chance. (prove me wrong, Joe)