2018 NHL Draft Profile: Brady Tkachuk

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This year’s draft is interesting. There is a ton of potential elite talent in the top-ten, of which the Rangers are surely able to grab one. Then there is someone like Brady Tkachuk. Keith’s kid has probably reached his peak size at 6’3″ and 200 lbs, although I can see his weight/strength increasing. He’s a big boy.

Tkachuk’s first year at BU was a success, putting up 8-23-31 in 40 games, with the majority of that coming in the second half of the season. The winger really raised his stock with a strong performance at this year’s World Juniors, potentially solidifying a top-five pick when he wasn’t in that discussion before.

Tkachuk is an old school scout’s dream. He’s big, mean, tough, and has great offensive abilities. He uses his size well, creating chaos in front of the net for offensive chances. That’s just one of his strengths, he’s near lethal in front.

Usually for someone his size, skating is an issue. But that is not the case for Tkachuk. He is light on his feet and is a great skater. He can beat you with his strength or with his agility/puck handling, which is rare. He also has great vision, which makes his passing an elite asset to his game. He’s certainly not a one-dimensional big guy in front of the net.

For Tkachuk, again as with most bigger kids, top speed is a major area of concern. He hasn’t quite developed his acceleration and top speed yet, which makes it difficult for him to join the play or catch up while back checking. It can also hurt his pursuit of loose pucks.

Tkachuk is a polarizing prospect. He has all the tools to be a top-five pick: He’s big, gets to dirty areas, has soft hands, vision, and is a solid skater and passer. However is speed in an ever faster NHL could be a cause for concern, and could prevent him from reaching his full potential.

At ninth overall, Tkachuk represents incredible value for the Rangers. He checks a lot of boxes for them. The rub on Tkachuk is that some team may pick him in the top three (cough, Montreal, cough), which is way overvalued. Tkachuk can be a top line winger if he works on his speed, he certainly has the tools, and if he’s the best player on the board at #9, the Rangers will be very lucky to land him.

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71 thoughts on “2018 NHL Draft Profile: Brady Tkachuk

  • May 8, 2018 at 9:45 am

    To me, he could be a blooming Rick Nash. Still predicting NYR make a move to move up to around 5th. Who they take there is anyone’s guess, but if there are 2 defenseman in the top 4, watch us jump up for a strong forward presence.

    • May 8, 2018 at 10:24 am

      I agree Sal.

    • May 8, 2018 at 11:58 am

      At 17 years old, Rick Nash completed a 54 game, 72 point campaign in the OHL.

      At 18 years old, Brady Tkachuk completed a 40 game, 31 point campaign in the NCAA.

      Not quite sure these two are comparable outside of height/weight.

      • May 8, 2018 at 10:19 pm

        The NCAA has 24 year olds playing in it.

    • May 10, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      Draft analysis is spot on…keep it up
      Doubt a draft magnet like Tkachuk will be around at nine…

  • May 8, 2018 at 10:10 am

    He’s the kind of player that you hope someone grabs early, because that will drop a better player down to where we might get him.

    • May 8, 2018 at 7:25 pm


  • May 8, 2018 at 10:17 am

    I know his play has been trending the right way, but I am not too jazzed to go after Tkachuk. Can’t really put my finger on it, but I think there are better options for us.

  • May 8, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Like I posted the other day. If we are sure that we can sign JT in UFA, I would trade Hayes, Zucc and number 48 to Arizona at 5 and keep number 9. I would even thrown in another asset like Gilmour to make it happen. Arizona doesn’t need anymore 18 year olds. They need a young vet center and an experienced winger who makes players around him better by virtue of his superior passing ability. Arizona needs to fill their stands with a competitive team and this type of deal would get it done for them.

    We need the elite young talent, having 2 picks in the top 10 of this draft and 4 overall in what is a very deep draft could really change the short and long term outlook for this team. We also need to open up a third line spot for Howden/ Names to compete for that spot unless they also trade Names.

    5 Tkachuk

    9 Hughes

    26 Bokk

    31 Merkeley Elite talent with one risky but immensely talented kid.

    • May 8, 2018 at 11:11 am

      Is Hayes + #48 enough to get to 5? Nope.

      Zucc won’t move the needle for Arizona. They need cost controlled players if they are trading a top 5 pick.

      • May 8, 2018 at 11:17 am

        And you stay way way clear of Merkley

        Martin Kaut is available….you draft him over Bokk
        Merkley pick substitute with Ty Dellandrea….Rangers have to nab him

      • May 8, 2018 at 5:07 pm

        Hayes isn’t going anywhere. You can try to go all over the web on different comment sections hoping people will agree through votes or reply but it still won’t change the fact that Hayes is not going anywhere anytime soon.

    • May 8, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      Bokk is a sleeper in my opinion. I can tell you that there have been discussions between Chayka and Gorton before the trade line and will resume. come draft time.

      I told Tony a few weeks ago this: Coach Tocchet was signing autographs at a ice rink out here in AZ, and a friend of mine told me the Coach was speaking about adding some experience to the top 6 from the forward position. I do know AZ really likes Hayes, not saying Hayes is going to be moved but will be discussed, but I find it unlike Gorton to move him.

      I would not be surprised from what I heard if a deal is made between the two teams again for the second year in a row.

  • May 8, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Of the top 5 teams believe it or not, Coyotes are the closest and in fact will contend and be in the playoffs so their pick could be had.

    1 of Zucc or Spooner, Gilmore, Halverson, Gropp and a 2nd for 5 might do it

    • May 8, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Those are spare parts. I wouldn’t even flinch at that deal, which means Arizona wouldn’t even consider it.

    • May 8, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Letteri, Gropp and Zucc begins a conversation

      • May 8, 2018 at 12:27 pm

        No it doesn’t.

        Zucc is 30. Gropp is a bust. Lettieri is a 4th liner.

        Kreider begins a conversation.

        • May 8, 2018 at 1:12 pm

          So give them Krieder. He is a 40 game a season player.

          Letteri is 4th line material for AV, but me thinks he can be a 2nd liner with the right mates and coach. He can shoot.

          Not sure where Gropp fits in for us in the future.

        • May 8, 2018 at 1:33 pm

          How does Brady Tkachuk’s commitment to return to BU–this morning, source, TSN–affect his draft status?

          Could we assume this is message sending via his agent, or Father Keith, who saw Ottawa or Montreal in the kid’s future?

        • May 8, 2018 at 1:50 pm

          Dave, you’re kidding….right?

          Not sold on Gropp being a bust yet
          Ehhh….Zucc alone will nab you a 1st round pick albeit mid to late pick….throw in Spooner but get back in return 5 and Lawson Crouse

          • May 8, 2018 at 2:53 pm

            Did I miss something, or does Arizona have a banner hanging on the outside of their front office that says “Discount Draft Picks – Inquire Within!”? They are not even remotely close to a finished product if they want to do more than sniff the bubble, and they’d have to be out of their minds to trade #5 for a assets less than a legitimate A prospect (neither Lettieri of Gropp qualify) – and – either another solid first round pick (like #9) or an established 50 point cost-controlled early/mid-20s player. Now, maybe they are out of their minds…but I don’t think #5 comes that easy, personally. If I’m them, #9 starts the conversation…and it only continues if an A prospect is the next piece on the table. There’s a reason, even in crappy drafts, that teams don’t move up to the top five from below that often.

            • May 8, 2018 at 3:31 pm

              Are you the wizard? How do you know this?

              Did you not pay attention to the 2nd half of the season once Raanta was back in? Their kids developing? Yeah…figures you did not

              Book it, Coyotes will have to make the playoffs next year and they’ll ensure to make that happen. Especially now with how their neighbors in my city are doing. Oh yeah Go Knights Go

              • May 8, 2018 at 3:51 pm

                Paid full attention, Leather. They went 19-22 in the second half. Really turned up the heat! Had everyone above them sweating bullets, boy howdy!

                Just because they started off historically shitty does not mean their not-historically-shitty second half was truly impressive. .558 was the league average in points percentage last season, and they didn’t even hit that in their legendary second half effort.

                As for your wizard comment, you’re the one making guarantees.

          • May 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm

            Gropp was a bad pick then and doesn’t seem like he has a place on this team. He’s most definitely a bust. A 30 year old forward with 1 year left will not get you a 1st round pick. Adding Spooner won’t give you the 5th overall. To get a high 1st round pick it would have to be Zucc/Hayes plus.

            • May 8, 2018 at 5:06 pm

              Chayka and Gorton have talked back in Feb’ 18, and will resume talks in a few weeks closer to the draft. Hayes, Zucc, the late round picks..AZ trading back from 5 to 9, and maybe a d-men or Max Domi involved..could be another blockbuster between both teams in June.

              • May 8, 2018 at 7:25 pm

                I don’t mean to be skeptical, but how do we know this is accurate information?

              • May 8, 2018 at 9:50 pm

                Last November, I was told by a member of the Analytics department at the Coyotes that the Yotes love Hayes, than I was drop hints about conversations between Chayka and Gorton that will resume come draft time.

              • May 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm

                Okay fair enough

        • May 8, 2018 at 10:29 pm

          Gropp isn’t a bust…yet. Has to put on another 10lbs in the off season(look at Patrick Sharp: not exactly a bruiser, he goes 185cm/91kg.)

          Considering his role in Hartford, the production wasn’t bad and served him well for when he makes the jump to the NHL. He’ll have to work his tail off to be ready for camp.

        • May 9, 2018 at 7:29 pm

          Way to pigeon hole a first year pro

      • May 8, 2018 at 7:28 pm

        Throw in Tambellini and Nieves and sell it as a 5 for 1 trade.

        Maybe they will be overcome by the quantity. (I’m kidding boys and girls).

        • May 8, 2018 at 10:04 pm

          Might as well through in Fogarty as well. Seriously though, i don’t think many of the players in the Ranger system are NHL players. Minus the players acquired at the dead line the Rangers system is pretty weak.

          • May 9, 2018 at 6:00 am

            Let’s be realistic, none of the AHL Rangers are NHL players.

            I never understood the love for Nieves, he stinks. And I was holding out hope for Gropp but this past season convinced me he’s a dud too. Just think what the Rangers did to get him, not to mention how they passed up Sprong who was on the board when they picked Gropp.

            But sure, let’s go full rebuild because the Rangers are such great drafters, lol. And to be fair, in general, if you hit on 2 players in each draft, meaning they make the NHL, then you’re very lucky. Forget even being good players.

            • May 9, 2018 at 8:31 am

              As you know I’ve always agreed with you on Nieves. I also feel the same way on Gropp. These aren’t players you build around. Howden, Hajek and Lindgren have already surpassed them as prospects.

              Yes drafting is tough and the Rangers track record isn’t the best. I hope they go for the best available instead of reaching for someone else.

              • May 9, 2018 at 5:31 pm

                I wanted to give Gropp a chance but there’s nothing there.

  • May 8, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Rangers and Ottawa both have 2 picks in the first round. Look for a deal between us and the Sens. They are a cheap organization and want hi value players. They may be looking for a center after trading Brass.

    • May 10, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      I would definitely be open to trading with them. If we can snag an extra first round pick I’d like to see us go after Devon McAvoy. Real darkhorse in this draft.

  • May 8, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    If Brady Tkachuk is available at the 9th position, that would be a steal. I don’t see Oliver Wahlstrom being there for us to pick up, he would be my first choice, but Tkachuk would be a considerable consolation prize for us.

    I could see this kid turn into a Cam Neeley, big strong, scoring ability, and tough as nails. I don’t see too many people trying to take him on physically with the gloves off! All indications are that he is better than his older brother, who isn’t doing too bad a job on his own……………….

    • May 8, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      I’m a little surprised at how the narrative on Brady has seemingly turned from “does some things better than Matthew did, but others not so much” to “definitely better than Matthew” in recent weeks. For the U-18 squad, Matthew put up 33 points in 24 games. Brady put up 23 points in 24 games at the same level. Matthew had one more goal, rest was the assist differential. Matthew then went on to post a 107 point 54 game season in the OHL, which again, featured a significant amount of assists at 77, in fairness. I highly doubt Brady could do that if he were in the OHL next season, frankly.

      I hope for various reasons that the Rangers do not end up with Tkachuk, unless it is at #9 with their natural pick. I personally still might not take him there, because I don’t like his ceiling in a speed/skill dominant NHL, but can live with him there. Regardless, I don’t think he even comes within a mile of Cam Neely in his career. I’d suggest we pump the brakes hard on HOF comparisons for this kid, LOL, no matter how much some of us would like to see a bit more tangible physicality from the Rangers. If the Rangers take Tkachuk at #9, I’ll be shocked if he shares much more in common with Cam Neely throughout his career other than having some sandpaper to him, and being a #9 pick.

      • May 8, 2018 at 3:24 pm

        Keith was a excellent player, Matthew has proven to be a very good player but Brady will be marginal, makes sense.

        • May 8, 2018 at 3:38 pm

          I didn’t say marginal; your bias is showing. I said let’s pump the brakes on HOF comparisons. Matthew is a ~50 point player in the NHL so far. You don’t have to go far to find people bagging on Hayes, for that very same reason…what’s the difference? Hayes probably still has a higher ceiling, and doesn’t have any rat in him. It just seems to me that much of this fan base is falling in love with physicality a little too much, especially considering they just came off a coach who clearly did not endorse overly-physical play. It very well might be that some of our guys have more edge in them, but AV, instead of preferring top to bottom physicality, had a penchant for carrying one face-puncher. Which, or course, does not work any more, if it ever even did. Not to mention, the entire back end was constantly gassed from man/overload, which doesn’t exactly feed into maximum physical output.

          • May 8, 2018 at 3:47 pm


            You got a valid point here. McDonagh under AV was soft but if you’re watching Tampa….McDonagh is hitting. I really didn’t think he had it in him to be physical.

            Thank the Lord that AV is gone

            • May 8, 2018 at 3:57 pm

              This is something we can agree on for sure. I really think it was a factor. JT used to like to mix it up more IMO, but it seemed to fade over time under AV. Kreider used to have more spunk, that seemed to fade as well. We all know he was quick to punish anyone under the age of 28 for penalties. Even the fighters – Glassm and more noticeably to me, McLeod – did not seem as interested in the punishing physicality. They did still have times they hit a lot compared to some teams, but of course hits count doesn’t measure how disruptive said hits truly are, of course. I fully get that players like Buchnevich or Hayes are never going to be confused with punishing, but if they are taking an already mild style and playing even more conservative so that they don’t end up in the dog house, that’s going to amplify the effect. I will not be shocked if this team immediately has more sandpaper about them next season, even if the roster does not change a ton.

              • May 8, 2018 at 5:20 pm

                on this post I agree 100000000% with you!!!!!!

              • May 8, 2018 at 5:53 pm

                It’s always been bogus to see how a fan thinks Hayes is soft but than treat Kreider as if he’s some top notch power forward. I would never compare what a power forward like Nash or Jamie Benn can do with the puck in the same sentence to Kreider. It’s a 180 just like for when doesn’t have possession of the puck, he’s pretty lazy and never punishes in his follow through check which hurts my hockey soul. Remember Torts doesn’t like him that much just like Kessle so how tough is he really to the hockey world? I could see another old school coache like Tippet to put Kreider back in the doghouse where he belong for at least 3 months out of the season

                My conspiracy for the Hayes hate is that the people that never skated or just play EA sports are your original hater squad. This is what Hayes has over Kreider’s game and what I would considered superior to his RW’s game.
                1.He wins alot more board battles and can do so in any of the three zones. Hence what makes his two way superior and as a top PK specialist.
                2. He can take the puck from point A to point B without a problem and with speed. Hence why he has already alot more 200 ft plays.
                3. He can score in the same ways as people like Bergeron. Let him tip pucks from the high slot or low slot, it won’t matter. He’ll break up a play on the PK and can snipe from the top of the circle or make a goalie look silly. Go watch his Canadian road trip from 2017, I won’t even include this seasons.
                4. His IQ is 2X better which is why he can make more high pressure plays. It also allows him to look like Nash and get behind the D to go on a breakaway.
                5. His hands are filthy, you can really see the Johnny hockey touch rubbed off on him from his NCAA’s days. Chicago boosted heavily about this in their prospect report on him. It’s why he can go find a small space to receive a good/bad pass and still make the play.

                Those are things that Kreider lacks and he doesn’t do anything in between. This is probably why the grittz king coach Torts hated on him while he coached the NYR’s. Fast forward to when he’s unemployed and he’s telling the press how he loves watching Hayes and that no doubt he’s a NHL top 9 center. Now Imo in the last 2 years he has been clearing his name from falsely accused narratives when in reality he does the little stuff. There’s a difference in Fast structured game compared to Hayes. Which is probably why one has already shattered the franchise records in PK points and goals.

          • May 8, 2018 at 3:59 pm

            Give me a guy who scores 50-60, points, drives the opposition crazy and creates space for his teammates over a guy who might score 65 points.

            I am not endorsing goons….but with Zucc, Spooner, Namestinskov, Fast, Poink, Gilmour, D’Angelo, Kampfer…are all under 6ft and under 200 pounds and then the guys we have that are bigger do not play with an edge…with or without AV.

            That being said…if a kid is Karlsson or Crosby or Kane or Johnny Hockey, you take him…but for Kane there is 60 Shane McClogans.

            The Rangers are uncanny in always drafting smaller over larger…it goes back 40 years.

            • May 9, 2018 at 11:29 am

              Hugh Jessiman, Dylan McIlrath, Chris Kreider, Brady Skjei, Michael Sauer, Marc Staal just off the top of my head for 21st-century Ranger early round picks. All these guys had size and then some. Only some of them could actually play hockey. And 2 of the picks—Jessiman and McIlrath—each set the franchise back 3-4 seasons because of their utter failure to contribute anything at the NHL level.

        • May 8, 2018 at 4:31 pm

          Every player is different and familial relations don’t mean anything at all. Were Gretzky’s brothers NHL regulars? And closer to NYR home—Jimmy Hayes is struggling to stay in the league, while his Ranger brother Kevin has turned into a dependable NHL regular.

          • May 8, 2018 at 5:19 pm

            Don’t forget Joel Lundqvist,Henrik’s brother.

          • May 8, 2018 at 6:09 pm

            Turned into? You mean the minute he stepped on a NHL rink. Vesey reserves that role of turning into a dependable NHL regular to a certain degree. Hayes has been the best 3c ever since he snagged that role out of camp in 2014. He’s been dependable as a scorer since then as well, 16 goals and 36 points as career lows, but oh no call the coast guard on him. Looking at those numbers reminded me of Lars Eller and Sean Couture, some of the better 3c before Hayes broke into the league. He’s always been a dependable NHL regular which is probably why Hags and Grabner broke out next to him and why JT put up his best numbers in a NYR uniform. I can tell you were probably one of those Nazi’s that assumed he needed AHL minutes back in the day when he arrived on sight. There’s a reason why JG blatantly admitted to replacing Stepan and JT with him. I highly doubt he would have gambled that on a player who has turned into a “NHL regular”. Those were house call moves that get made or talked about 6 or 7 months before it goes down.

            • May 8, 2018 at 6:44 pm

              Mint—So calling Hayes a “dependable NHL regular” offends you? How dumb are you? A comment that I make that is a favorable one about Hayes warrants calling me a Nazi? What the hell is wtong with you? Lay off the crackpipe and learn how to read.

      • May 8, 2018 at 5:16 pm


        I started the comment with I’d rather have Wahlstrom, and that if Brady is there at 9th, it would be a steal.

        Now having said that, there are some on the TSN staff who made the Neeley comparison due to his size, and skill level. The fact that he goes into dirty areas, and is a great net front presences is icing on the cake. His game on paper sounds like the same type of game Cam played, so I made the comment about him in that comparison.

        Bottom line, if he becomes a Ranger, I wouldn’t be too upset, as a matter of fact I’d be a bit happy because we need some physical presence on this team. We are a soft team if your memory serves you correctly, as my recollection does??????????

      • May 8, 2018 at 5:41 pm

        It appears Brady Tkachuk has ruled out spending the 2018-19 season in the NHL.

        According to Mike McMahon of College Hockey News, Tkachuk will return to Boston University for his sophomore season in the fall.

        It appears Brady Tkachuk has ruled out spending the 2018-19 season in the NHL.

        According to Mike McMahon of College Hockey News, Tkachuk will return to Boston University for his sophomore season in the fall.

        Told that Brady Tkachuk will return to BU for his sophomore season. The Terriers were going after a grad transfer who was told the offer was no longer available due to Tkachuk returning.

        TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button has Tkachuk going to the Ottawa Senators at fourth overall in his post-draft lottery mock draft.

    • May 8, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      Walt….my gut now tells me we’ll be selecting Dobson at 9
      solid player….good compliment to Lindgren

      I’ve said this before and I’ll say this again…D must be 3 pairings not this BS 1st pair nonsense. D still has to clear the crease too unlike the garbage we watched last few years under the (so glad) fired coach we had

      McDonagh amazingly to me is hitting for Tampa, I really thought he was a coward after that Crosby incident.

      D must play D 1st
      be solid at outlet passes 2nd
      join the rush 3rd
      Seldom if ever should they be the catalyst to lead a rush, If you’re expecting your D to be your offense, then Houston we have a problem. D must be complimentary to your offense, not be your offense

      • May 8, 2018 at 5:31 pm


        I don’t know, or have read much on Dobson, so I won’t comment about him. My idea to be honest is when we draft, we go for the best athlete, rather than position. As for the defense, I suspect we have a good stable of young kids, Lindgren, Hajak, Day, Rykov, and the rest of the guys who played at the end of the season. If a trade is made for Trouba well then we are overloaded with d-men.

        Unlike many here, I suspect JG will do a very good job at the draft, and pick what this team needs most. There is so much talent this year, and so deep, well we should get a quality player whomever he is.

        • May 8, 2018 at 6:19 pm

          I was never for this call but a lateral move involving Skjei for a D man like Trouba would be such a underrated piece to add. I think JG doesn’t want to ruin to much chemistry since that Shatty bloated about playing with Mcd who is now gone and Skjei might make the locker room nerves. I think a trade for Muzzin would be so worth it for now and for down the line when this core group of Hayes, Zib, Kreider, Buch and Skjei age. If the Oiler’s want to be stupid than someone like Nurse over Klefbom would be the wise choice to go. Putting any eggs in B Smith to turn into a good shutdown D could go out the window and the toughness would still be added through Nurse or Muzzin.

  • May 8, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    We don’t like big and tough…we like small and fast.

    • May 8, 2018 at 3:33 pm


      Especially on D

  • May 8, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I like this kid. We need more of this kind of player in our lineup. Soft skill on the perimeter does not win in the Playoffs…. actually not in the regular season either.

    No interest in an undersized anyone who can move the puck well since I feel like we’re already loaded with that kind of player, especially on D. A player like Tkachuk would change the vibe and attitude of this team and push them in the right direction.

    • May 8, 2018 at 7:48 pm


      To your point, which I agree with, just look at what Hornqvest does for the Pens, what a disruptive force he can be!!!!!!!!! We need some people like that for this roster……….

      • May 8, 2018 at 10:32 pm

        Players on the roster like JT Miller lowering the boom on David Backes. Then scoring the go ahead goal on his next shift….priceless.

        • May 9, 2018 at 8:14 am

          how can you say that, JT may hurt someone, and that wouldn’t be fair……………LOL………..just ask the three stooges, they don’t want Hornqvest types on their team, they prefer someone like a Lady Bing player!!!!!!!!!

      • May 9, 2018 at 8:09 am

        I see the 3 stooges are at it again, do they even understand the game, and or the value of players who go all out like Hornqvest? Continue to play the ice capades style game will you, and continue to hit with their purses, you guys are a joke…………..Just look at the teams that are still in the PO’s, all soft teams right? Not dip sticks…….

  • May 8, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    How much wood would Brady Tkachuk chuck if Brady Tkachuk could chuck wood?

    If the Rangers ended up with Brady at #9 that would not be a bad thing for I am sure he will be a decent NHL player. He has talent but it might not be quite elite talent. On the other hand, he is a big strong kid and he has a great shot, so he could be pretty terrific too. The speed probably is an issue but I believe he probably will be gone in the top 5 and before the Rangers pick. His dad was a warrior.

    If the Rangers end up with Farabee, I bet he will be a fine player for the team. Same goes for Wahlstrom.

  • May 8, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Top 3: Dahlin, Sven-whatever, Zadina. I those are not the first 3 picks, then the GMs’ heads have to be examined.

    Then it gets interesting. Tkachuk I think goes next and then a possible run on D men until someone grabs Wahlstrom.

    I think the 5th pick can be had if the Rangers are fixated on Wahlstrom, as he’s the legit forward target for them.

    Please no to Tkachuk. I have the feeling he’s the “name” player that doesn’t meet expectations. The Rangers CANNOT be wrong with their first pick.

    • May 8, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      Brady has size and a nose for the net. He would make an immediate impact on the Rangers much like his older brother Matthew has done in Calgary.

      Brady is the real deal. Not likely he will even be available when the Rangers get to choose their 1st pick.

      • May 9, 2018 at 5:56 am

        I could be wrong, obviously, but it’s just a gut feeling I have.

        • May 9, 2018 at 8:56 am

          Hey pal

          Have you seen him play? I hope you are not basing your opinion on comments made on the other blog we post. I have seen him play. The dude is a good skater but could stand to get a bit faster although not a disaster. He is a better player then his brother. He has better skills and is just as tough around the net and down low.

          I have see him play 3 games and Wahlstrom play 3 games. Wahlstrom also needs some work on his skating to be honest but he definitely is the scorer and Brady is more of an all around type player but a real good one.

          • May 9, 2018 at 5:33 pm

            Hey bro, like peace, I am willing to give Brady a chance.

            We may not have a choice as I hear the Rangers love him and may try to trade up to get him.

  • May 8, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Carolina has traded high picks before and Montreal need a center.
    Hayes, Gilmour+ #9 gets you #3 & 5th rnd pk
    Hayes, Gilmour + #9 gets you #3 & 5th rnd pk
    Hayes, Vesey + #9 gets you #2 & 5th rnd pk.

    All are 24 or 25yrs old

    Take Svechnikov, Zadina, Tkachuk in that order. Brady Tkachuk will be a beast. Same point totals as his dad in college. Can’t compare OHL and NCAA stats. Lots of kids in Junior hockey. Notre Dame didn’t have a kid under 23 yrs of age in the finals.

  • May 9, 2018 at 8:27 am

    At 9th pick, there will be no Wahlstrom or Tkachuk. We will settle for a prospect with middle 6 potential. Face it, we are doomed, doomed I tell ya!

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