Jan. 16, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>CantStopWontStop</b></div><div>I think this draft’s first round has a high chance at being weird:
Few defensemen in top 25.
Michkov and other Russians geopolitical challenges.
Handful of teams with multiple picks: STl 3, NSH 2, CHI 2-3, ARI 2, Habs 2, BlueJackets 2, VAN 2, SJS 2, Wings 2 - that’s 11 teams not picking in the first round as of now.
I think Doug uses one late first to add 2 seconds, uses his first to draft, and uses the last first to either move up slightly in combination with his first, or to acquire a roster player, or basically as his second round pick which was traded previously.
Ultimately I think he will leave the draft with a normal amount of players for a normal year plus an extra second round selection.
Given that StL is a smaller market team, they really cannot afford to tear down and build fresh - so I don’t think Doug keeps a pile of his assets locked up in the development of multiple new first round picks.
It will be interesting to see what he does, especially if he were fortunate enough to win the lottery. I’m guessing he chooses Leo Carlsson if he’s second pick.</div></div>
Last time teams didn't take Russian players Tarasenko moved into the mid first round where the Blues got him and Kucherov ended up in the 2nd round. Of something similar happens and Michov falls to 9th, Blues should take him