Flyers prospect defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere knows he comes from a non- traditional hockey setting.
Growing up in Margate, Florida is pretty much the definition of such a place.
But his interest in the game started at an early age, because of his family. His grandparents were Florida Panthers’ season ticket holders since their inaugural season (1993, coincidentally his birth year) and even more directly, his older sister participated in another ice-related sport.
You will never see me do a “winners” and “losers” piece. I can do that in 3-5 years but I do have an opinion and I’ve seen a fair amount of players so I will give you my thoughts. So here are a few teams I thought will get the biggest draft day return:
1) The Montreal Canadiens – I loved their draft. Alex Galchenyuk will be that star to lead them into the future and Sebastian Collberg could be his highly skilled linemate! Dalton Thrower and Tim Bozon should be NHLers as well.
I had a chance to ask Oscar Dansk, a potential first round goaltender and future star some pre-draft questions about himself and his career so far:
Cohen: Do you feel that your're the best goalie in the draft?
Dansk: I have not really watched the other goalies closely other than Vasilevski and Korpisalo who I've played against a couple of times this year. But I know that I have some qualities that can separate me from the others.
Cohen: Why have so many good goalies hailed from Brynas?
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6) Ryan Murray – 6-0, 205 – D - Anaheim Ducks – The run on defenseman continues. Anaheim will go with the “safe” pick here and take Murray. He skates very well; he handles the puck extremely well. He has a great point shot and he can play in his own zone as well. He is a power play specialist with his precision passing. He can see the ice exceptionally well to pick apart the opposing defense. Anaheim has to walk away with a future NHLer and Murray is that pick.
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