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April 04, 2013

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Phil Szelest

Bad time for Windsor to lose their first rd pick. Would of been extreme delighted to have the chance to pick Day 4th overall, instead of mississauga.

Phil

I am by no means an expert as I have only seen tidbits of these kids in action, but I can't believe that experts see Day falling that far! Doesn't mean I don't believe them, I am just shocked! I mean as an "underager" whomever drafts him will likely have him for an extra year, which in itself is almost reason enough to select him.

He will also be the first player to receive exceptional status, and not be picked first. While I understand drafting for need - even if I may not agree with the theory - perhaps this whole exceptional status thing needs to be revisited?!?

Again, I have no real knowledge of the process or the players....perhaps that is made extremely evident by my post above! lol

Paul

Phil, Based on the limited amount of times I saw the kid (3). I saw a supremely talented kid from a physical standpoint. At times he looked like he was playing pond hockey. My sense was he was always so talented that he got by on his skating and because of that needs work in his own end, which can be taught. The bigger questions, not from me, I don't know the kid, seem to be maturity and is he a good teammate? Again I can't speak to those but based on his physical attributes with a little coaching he could be dynamite. We'll all know 3 years from now, drafting isn't an inexact science.

StormL

Why would anybody not take the best player? If Day turns out as good as he's sounding he'll fetch a HUGE return if someone was to trade him. If not you get a player on the team for 5 years and possibly 6. It's not like Ottawa is planning on making a cup run next year. They should grab the best and if they need a forward later they could trade him for one that's already put numbers up rather than hoping the one they pick does

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