2015 NHL Draft: Why Ivan Provorov Will Have the Best Career After Connor McDavid

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The 2015 NHL draft commenced a few weeks ago. Many picks were made, some of them obvious, some of them shrewd, and some of them garnered a “what the fuck are you doing reaction” *cough* Don Sweeney from Boston Bruins *cough*.

A lot of the first round picks were obvious. Some of them were odd.

Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel were the easy top two picks. After that, with the third overall pick, it was a gaunlet between young, skilled players to choose from such as Dylan Strome, Noah Hanifin, Mitch Marner, Pavel Zacha, and more. Noah Hanifin I would say was the favourite to go third overall followed by Dylan Strome. The Arizona Coyotes probably think they have their franchise defenseman already in Oliver Ekman-Larsson and that Hanifin was not needed. The Carolina Hurricanes gladly took him.

I am here to tell you that the Phiadelphia Flyers in ten years from now will have made the best selection in this draft after the Oilers obvious first overall selection of Connor McDavid. It is obvious McDavid will be a star in this league. If he goes the way Nail Yakupov did to start off his career I believe the Oilers are truly cursed. McDavid will be in the Art Ross running for years to come. He will be a Calder trophy candidate next year.

Ivan Provorov will be the same in years but for defenseman; he will be talked about as a Norris trophy candidate. This is a guy who oozes hockey IQ that you simply can’t teach. In 60 games last year on the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL, he posted 61 points in 60 games with a plus 36 rating at 18 years old. The Wheat Kings were a top team in the WHL largely due to his presence rocking the first defensive pairing. Not only do his junior stats and film tape stand out, he is also put into the best position to succeed.

You see, the Philadelphia Flyers are a big market team that always want to be in the mix of things. There are few organizations I recall that have consistently iced a playoff team as they have in the last twenty years. Ron Hextall is doing good things as new general manager and he hired the right new head coach in Hakstol after a distastrous few seasons. They will no doubt be in the playoff hunt in another year or two like they have been for many years before. Meanwhile what were the teams actually drafted ahead of the Flyers?

Edmonton Oilers
Buffalo Sabres
Arizona Coyotes
Toronto Maple Leafs
Carolina Hurricanes
New Jersey Devils

With the exception of the Devils, wait for it, wait… These organizations are all perennial failures and you can’t say otherwise until they do change things around. The Oilers are a tire fire and have been for years up until this year. They finally made the right personnel decisions by hiring Todd McLellan as head coach and Chiarelli as general manager.

The Sabres are on their way to becoming what the Oilers are. They intentionally tanked the last NHL season and didn’t even try denying it. Tim Murray is a moron and a half when you hear him talk to media. If that’s your general manager I feel pity for you. And the Ryan O’ Reilly contract where they got rid of some of their young core? Why Nikita Zadorov?

The Ariona Coyotes, yeah, a no brainer. They can’t spend to the cap and have to rely on drafting. With the exception of their 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 seasons, they haven’t have much luck and are trending downwards. Mike Smith hasn’t been the same since his hot 2012 season and more. A positive young core. We also must question if Dylan Strome is really a franchise changer or not. Strome, Max Domi, Larsson, and Anthony Duclair. A decent young core. But you have to wonder if Dave Tippett is the right coach to be coaching up young kids or not. You get where I’m going with this before I bash the Leafs and the Hurricanes.

A lot of these picks ahead of Provorov will also go back into their junior leagues next year. I can’t see many of them garnering roster spots besides Eichel and McDavid (obviously). Provorov should see playing time next year. I can’t count six defensemen on that team off the top of my head. They are so weak in that area that a top ten pick would suffice. I am all in on this kid.

Small, skilled forwards are a dime a dozen. Look at how Tyler Johnson went undrafted. A number one puck moving defenseman with a feel for the game is not something that comes along often. Provorov is the best defenseman taking in the last two drafts: after Aaron Ekblad of course.

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The Jameis Winston .vs. Marcus Mariota Debate

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The crab leg thief from Florida State Jameis Winston was drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers followed by clean cut University of Oregon starting quarterback Marcus Mariota, who was taken next by the Tennessee Titans.

It was clear these two would be the number one and two picks in this NFL draft. However, the question always arises: “who is really better as a player, as a quarterback?”

Last draft my opinion was that either Khalil Mack or Blake Bortles would be the best player taken from that draft. So far I would say Khalil Mack is tracking that way.

This year I believe Jameis Winston will be the best NFL player taken from this draft. He will be a starting quarterback for years to come and it’s tough to say otherwise.

The warning signs were absolutely there. He was a punk in college enabled by Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher. He walked around campus as if he owned it. He was point blank, an immature idiot.

But I believe he has the talent to turn it around. The guy wins games. He is a gunslinger who like Ronde Barber (former player on the Tampa Bay Buccanneers) claimed on Profootballtalk, fear no one. I see him having a similar career to that of a watered down Brett Favre. That means, he may or may not be a pro bowler. But I think he will be a top 15-20 quarterback in this league when he reaches the prime of his career.

The only player I could see having a better career (not having the better talent) than Winston is Amari Cooper. If him and Derek Carr keep tracking up, they will rip out the laughing stock stigma that the Oakland Raiders have had for years.

I still think Winston is the better player.

As for Marcus Mariota, I may get crucified, but I believe he is a bust.

The stereotypical running quarterback with poor accuracy and who can get shutdown (just like Urban Meyer shut him down in the BCS national championship game) usually gets exposed at the next level.

He may have one good season (which I doubt since the Titans are awful as is), but after that, it will be all downhill for him.

You can laugh at me in another year if I am wrong.

Who Will Be the Best 2014 NFL Draft Pick This Season?

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The NFL draft this year was one of the deepest it has been in years. There was a lot of talent. It wasn’t like the draft where Andrew Luck and RG3 were the top two picks, but it was a deep draft. The one in 2013 was a joke quite honestly compared to it.

Greg Robinson would have easily been taken as a tackle over Eric Fisher. The list goes on. Kelvin Benjamin who looks like he could be a gem on the Carolina Panthers was taken around 29th overall. Teddy “baby hands” Bridgewater who people claimed would be first overall nearly went to the second round.

Therefore many people have the question…who will be the best draft pick from this year?

This is a severely tough question. Gun to my head, I will say it will be Blake Bortles the third overall pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars. I’m not playing around.

He has that “it” factor. He plays like a quarterback. He’s big, he’s tough, he’s accurate, he can throw it. I really do think the Jaguars have found their man and made the right choice. He should have been first overall. I am not the one who likes to compare prospects to proven greats but Blake Bortles really does remind me of Big Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He can take a hit or two and he can be clutch.

Let’s be honest now, Gus Bradley and the Jaguars saying how they will put him on the bench this season is all a facade to motivate him. Chad Henne can’t lead this team to a better record than 4-12 like last year. He’s simply not good enough. Blake Bortles will come in eventually an he will open up some eyes. It’s crazy to say he will take the team to the playoffs or postseason, no way in hell does he do that. But he will open some eyes and people will say, “man this guy can play”. I would take him 10/10 times over Johnny Football and Teddy Bridgewater without thinking twice. Teddy Bridgewater has the word “bust” tattooed on his forehead while Johnny Football has skills, he looks like he is a hit or two away from getting killed. Derek Carr was concussed last week. This isn’t college football. A lot of the defensive players in the regular season are going to lick their chops at the thought of welcoming the arrogant Johnny football to the league.

After choosing Bortles, I will choose my second runner up pick who plays on the defensive side of the ball: Khalil Mack. There is no pressure on this guy at all to perform being on the pitiful Oakland Raiders team. He was said to be the most NFL ready prospect and a mean prick with skills. There is pressure on Jadeveon Clowney. He was the first overall pick and they said he could be a great. People also say Mack could be good but not as many eyes will be on him as Clowney. I think this may be the one move that the Oakland Raiders will have finally gotten right on draft day. This guy is NFL ready, he can play, he can do it all on defense. He is no doubt my lock for defensive rookie of the year.

Cleveland Cavaliers are Treating Andrew Wiggins Like Shit

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The title speaks for itself.

Apparently Andrew Wiggins said in an interview he has yet to speak to Lebron James. Probably because “the queen” does not want to waste his time of day to welcome the new kid to his team and his only. That’s right, he’s calling the shots since coming back home to Cleveland.

Of course Cleveland Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is not a role model himself. Apparently it was said he has plans to get Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves on August 23rd. That’s when Wiggins is eligible to be treated.

I feel bad for the kid. First overall pick and he gets treated like pure shit by the Cavaliers. I’m definitely a fan of his now and hope he becomes a decent player. Just stick it to those donkeys in Cleveland.

This is the same Queen James that whined for Larry Hughes to come to Cleveland and then fled the city to become a ring chaser. The same Dan Gilbert also sent a letter to fans denouncing him but is now letting him call the shots.

Lebron is a big baby, no question about it. He’s the easiest to hate athlete in any big sport. Kevin Love is a great player don’t get me wrong but why not see if first overall pick Andrew Wiggins has anything to offer?

Here’s to Cleveland staying cursed and never winning a ring with the queen there. He barely got two with the best supporting cast in NBA history while on the Miami Heat. One during a lockout shortened season, the next was won by Ray Allen in game six. That team they barely beat in seven games kicked their asses the next year to prove they got lucky. So he really has one ring and he knows it. 2-3 in NBA finals history while Tim Duncan is 5-1 and the list goes on and on.

Andrew, you deserve better.

Canucks Gunning for the First Overall 2014 NHL Draft Pick?

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A poster on a popular hockey forum recently reported that Gary Mason of the Team 1040 in Vancouver claimed that three scouts have said Jim Benning (GM of the Vancouver Canucks) is going hard after the first overall pick to take Vancouver native Sam Reinhart.

As someone who follows the Canucks closely, I say this is a smart move. The Canucks have no prospect pool and a core that may be dying. They don’t want to follow the Calgary Flames footsteps where they held onto their core for way too long and became a doormat in the league. When you look at the Flames roster right now it’s amazing they did not finish dead last in the league. Getting 13th in the Western Conference this year should feel like the Stanley Cup for their fans.

I don’t follow Sam Reinhart closely but he does look like he has skills. He is said to be the best prospect in the draft but that could be easily debatable with Aaron Ekbald (a highly touted defenseman from the Ontario Hockey League) in the running. Still, the Canucks don’t need that potentially number one d-man five years down the road. They are fine on the back end. They need some firepower up front. The Sedins were turned into shot blocking grinders by Tortorella and have lost their touch. Kesler is slacking.

That might be who they need to cut ties with in order to get the first overall pick or a better roster before it’s too late. Ryan Kesler or Alex Edler. I still want to give Edler a chance. Perhaps Torts system was a disaster…well for everyone it was.