Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Who will the Pens draft?

With the 30th pick in this year's NHL draft, there won't be too many stars left for the Penguins to sign. But this year's draft is said to be one of the deepest it's been in years and there are still some very attractive players the Pens can snatch.

Who can the Pens get with #30?

1. Drew Shore (USA) C- 6'3 190 lbs, 18

A pretty big guy who can still get stronger. Has good hands, strong faceoff skills, and doesn't mind being a pest. He's somewhat of a worse version of Todd Bertuzzi. Without the head bashing ability of course. Shore is somewhat inconsistent in that he can be noticeable some games like no other but then dissapears for periods of time. Plays with edge, goes to the net and scores a lot of dirty goals, a la Mike Knuble/Ryan Malone. He will be a solid player but needs to work on his consistency.

2. Chris Kreider (USA) RW- 6'2 201 lbs, 18 (attending BC next year)

Has got as much offensive upside as anyone in the draft. Jesse Marshall seemed to talk very highly of him and his impressed with his size and how well he handles the puck for a big man. Has some flashes of Peter Forsberg in his game. Is relatively old in terms of when he'll be arriving in the NHL. But he's got tremendous skill and playmaking ability. Also very hard to get off the puck.

3. Zach Budish (USA) RW- 6'3 230 lbs, 18

Is the protypical Ray Shero player. Big, strong, mean, and hits like a frake train. A mixture of Keith Tkachuk and Milan Lucic. I think we all know when Lucic hits you, memories of the bombs hitting Pearl Harbor flashback to our heads. Budish would be an awesome pick if we can get him.

He played football and ended up tearing his ACL in high school. He has recovered since and it doesn't seem to affect his hockey ability. He has a nice wrist shot and excellent hands for a guy who likes crashing and banging, and working below the goal line on the boards. He will attend the Univ. of Minnesota next year and if he can shed some weight and improve his skating, he'll be one heck of a player.

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