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I was going through list of invited players to CH combines that eventually were signed to AHL contract. 2012 looks interesting in hindsight:

   https://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2012/6/12/3080735/montreal-canadiens-host-team-draft-combine

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Caufield and Struble were invited to the US World Junior Summer Camp

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prospect ranking by Wheeler;

3. Cole Caufield, RW, 19 (Montreal Canadiens — 15th overall, 2019)

Nobody doubts Caufield’s ability to shoot the puck, get open, impose himself on the power play, or use his hands and feet to change angles so that he can create those shots from dangerous areas rather than the perimeter. But until Caufield does what he has done at other levels in the NHL, there will always be those who doubt his ability to drive a line, or to create without high-end passers, or to hold his own along the cycle or in the defensive zone. The more I’ve watched him, the more his play has begun to massage some of those natural tendencies to question him, though. Is he going to be able to win back possession or support the play defensively like some of his peers here? No. But he also has skills they will never be able to develop. Every NHL team has a couple of playmakers who are capable of getting him the puck when he doesn’t go get it for himself, and he did a great deal of his producing as a freshman in college while Alex Turcotte was either injured, sick, or playing on a different line. At some point, you’ve just got to trust you’re evaluation of his skills and the production that has always followed, against the impulse to doubt him.

 

48. Alexander Romanov, LHD, 20 (Montreal Canadiens — 38th overall, 2018)

It’s no secret that I’m considerably lower on Romanov than many in the hockey world. But his late-season play gave me reason enough to have him leapfrog Jordan Harris as my No. 2-ranked Canadiens prospect. I think it’s important the Canadiens and their fans temper their expectations with Romanov, though. He’s going to be a sound defender, given his decision-making, his skating, and his physicality for his size. He’s going to kickstart a lot of rushes by rotating off of pressure to headman the puck. He can walk the line and distribute. But he’s not likely going to run a top power play or be a high-end producer.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UotDS1n6N2A

 

I know hindsight is bad way to look at it; but, trading down from 50 to 64 (Norlinder) I noticed Leafs grabbed Nick Robertson at 53 and Wheeler has him as 10th best prospect and leafs best.

I wonder who Timmins might of been ready to take at 50, doubt was Norlinder?  

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30 other teams missed him, too. This happens regularly, there are always hidden diamonds in the rough. I doubt the Leafs knew how good he was when they picked him at 53.

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Wheeler is also a Leaf homer who repeatedly tweets anti-habs takes that are comically bad.  I'd take his romanov and robertson rankings with huge grains of salt especially since they are way outside the consensus on both players.  Robertson is a nice prospect but not top 10 in the entire NHL, and Romanov is much higher than 48th in almost every other ranking. 

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53 minutes ago, Commandant said:

Wheeler is also a Leaf homer who repeatedly tweets anti-habs takes that are comically bad.  I'd take his romanov and robertson rankings with huge grains of salt especially since they are way outside the consensus on both players.  Robertson is a nice prospect but not top 10 in the entire NHL, and Romanov is much higher than 48th in almost every other ranking. 

 

He did say he was outlier on Romanov. But, i also think many HabFans have too high expectations for Romanov.

55g for Robertson is hard to ignore, not i had heard of him before.

 

What is your take on Kaliyev...Grigorenko 2.0 or more like a Tarasenko?

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7 hours ago, DON said:

I wonder who Timmins might of been ready to take at 50, doubt was Norlinder?  

 

I seem to remember reading that Norlinder was the guy had they not traded down.

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3 hours ago, dlbalr said:

 

I seem to remember reading that Norlinder was the guy had they not traded down.

So they traded down 14 spots and got their guy?

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