netwolf wrote:He was ranked high before the tournament right? I know he stunk there and remember Woodlief talking about it in his USA Today column, but I thought he was still in RLR's top 10. I know the WJCs are the big measuring stick of draft-eligible prospects and laying an egg there is not ideal, but does one poor showing erase whatever they saw of him up to that point? I think RLR had him as high as 4 at one point. I did not see the WJC and didn't follow it very close at all.
He went from 4 to 8 after the tourney:
I saw him "play" at least twice and he was invisible to say the least. The WJC are not the end all of the draft, but it is a good barometer to see most of the best 18 year olds play against their piers and kids a bit older. When the entire group is together at the same time it is a good measuring stick.
Johnson and Kessel are very good prospects. Ovechkin, Malkin, Crosby, etc do not come along every year, but that is no reason to trade down in the draft. Most analysts had those 2 plus Toews as the big 3 heading into the WJC and then considered the dropoff in talent very steep. As far as I know the consensus is still the same.