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Ranking the Draft: S68

So the S68 VHL Entry Draft has come and gone and now we take a look at how each team did on the big day. Worth noting I won't list every pick a team made, just notable ones or if a team didn&#039..

Ranking the Draft: S68

So the S68 VHL Entry Draft has come and gone and now we take a look at how each team did on the big day. Worth noting I won’t list every pick a team made, just notable ones or if a team didn’t pick a lot, then all of them.

:mal:Malmo Nighthawks :mal:

1 – Condor Adrienne

41 – Nate Wright

52 – Mike van Stronk

Drafting first overall is almost always guaranteed to net you a good player. The attraction of this draft was on defensemen, and Adrienne was far and away the top prize. The first overall pick told VSN that they’d stage a holdout if not selected by an expansion team, and he definitely avoided a tough situation there. With Malmo being such a new team still, they could’ve taken anyone and been fine with it. However, their defense core is already solid enough, and with goaltending getting better, I’d like to see Malmo draft a top forward. Again, that’s based on needs, Malmo would be silly to pass on Adrienne, but that’s not where their need lies. With next draft being so forward-heavy, you have to wonder if Malmo will look to tank again and grab that piece they need to start competing.

Grade: B

:nya: New York Americans :nya:

2 – Lance Flowers

6 – Frans Eller

8 – A Red Guy

9 – Fredrik Elmebeck

13 – Owen Nolan

And a shit ton more

Seriously NYA, we get it, you have draft picks. Seriously though, my god they had a lot of picks and they sure did not waste them. New York had needs quite literally everywhere, so no pick was a bad pick. They built a solid defense core in Flowers and Elmebeck, and grabbed nice forwards in Eller and Nolan to start a nice forward core. Then, they set off a chain reaction which saw the top 3 goalies in the draft all get taken simultaneously. Taking A Red Guy was a smart move here, and should set them up for nice goaltending. This draft from NYA reminds me a lot of Seattle’s S67 draft, when they had a multitude of picks and built a nice young core. There’s plenty more picks these guys had, but we’d be here all day. The work isn’t over yet for the Americans, but they sure have a nice start

Grade: A

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