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Bob McKenzie thinks the upcoming draft is low on elite prospects

Jun 14, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

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B.D. Gallof interviewed TSN’s Bob McKenzie with a New York Islanders-leaning perspective, yet the two covered a lot of interesting details. Three things that McKenzie said stand out the most, though: 1) it doesn’t appear that there are many “elite” prospects, 2) the 2012 draft is a deep one for defensemen and 3) it could be a resoundingly bad one for Canadian forwards.

(Note: if the name “Kris Beech” comes up, you know things aren’t going in a positive direction.)

Let’s start with McKenzie’s comments regarding elite talent:

“I think there are elite players in ever draft; it’s just a matter of finding them. I would say, based on conversation with scouts, there are fewer potential elite prospects in this draft than others.”

“Yakupov has been perceived most of the season as an elite guy, but his playoff concerned some scouts, so that ‘can’t miss’ franchise-type player may not be as obvious this year.”

Here are a few of the most interesting comments about a defense-rich draft.

“This is a very strong draft for defensemen.”

“The top-ranked defensemen are: Ryan Murray, Griffin Reinhart, Morgan Rielly, Jacob Trouba, Matt Dumba, Olli Maatta and Cody Ceci. They could take any one of those guys and they’d be getting a defenseman scouts think are amongst the very best, depending upon the style of player you prefer.”

Finally, here’s McKenzie’s surprising observation about how bad this draft is looking as far as high-end Canadian scorers are concerned.

” … There’s never been a worse year for Canadian forwards in the draft. Belleville’s Brendan Gaunce is the top-ranked Canadian forward and I would project him to be a mid-to-late first rounder. The lowest-drafted Canadian forward ever is Kris Beech (Washington) and he went seventh overall. That record is likely to be broken this year. It’s just a really strong cycle of defenseman and weak cycle of forwards.”

Again, when Beech’s name comes up, it’s usually not a good sign.

  1. newyorkislanderfancentral - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    This place must be desperate and broke so they reprint anything.

    Gallof two years ago was making death treats against media members like McKenzie.

    Please don’t take my word for it, Google NHL Masked Avenger, BD Gallof and Bob McKenzie learn for yourselves.

    Tell the owners of this site never to allow his content. Hockey fans should not be subjected to this individual any longer.

  2. bdgallof - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    must really get your goat that he’s someone who I communicate with regularly.

    its as if everyone gets that nobody had issue with it and how I rectified all of it years ago. Such a shame that pesky bias thing of your rears it’s ugly head again. Hurts everything you do. It’s why you are such a miserable troll.

    It’s why you wallow and whine as writers/bloggers actually do work and bother to pay attention about moving forward as you are stuck judging through your rearview mirror.

    A very sad ride, I’d think.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Go back to the Bleacher Report you hack
      Too stupid that you actually put a hyphen between writers and bloggers as if they are basically the same thing. Most writers are journalists and are professional and trained as such, then there is bloggers, and then there is you.

      • bdgallof - Jun 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

        know the difference between a slash and a hyphen?

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        You know the difference between Summers Eve and you?
        Neither do I or anyone else

        But please come back for more, I would enjoy destroying you verbally and making you look the fool here.
        You are so over your head and ill-equipped in this arena you would continue to look like the buffoon that you are, but it’s not that has ever stopped you in the past those has it?

        So Gandoff White Wizard, Masked Voyeur or whatever the hell they call you, go get your shine box you talentless and disturbed hack and come at me with your clown questions bro.

  3. newyorkislanderfancentral - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I have to be fair here. According to thepensblog in January 2009 Galoff wished death upon several media members in his NHL Masked Avenger blog so I cannot write he made an actual death threat.

    But that’s where I read it and being that Gallof would write anything via a source at least I treated him a lot better than he treated others.

    If people don’t like this or are not interested fine. If you are the information is out there to learn for yourselves. Google NHL Masked Avenger, BD Galloff, let his own words and comments speak for themselves.

  4. davebabychreturns - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM


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