Goalie Eddie Lack looked surprised to hear his name called by Madrid as the EURO draft hit pick number 65. The Royals had recently traded for Jonas Hiller, drafted Darcy Kuemper and they already had Robin Lehner on their roster. Lack looks to be fourth on the depth chart and two of the guys in front of him are younger.
After Lack was taken, four prospects without attributes were selected.
Dublin took Nikolay Goldobin, a two-time 30-goal scorer with Sarnia of the OHL. The young Russian joins a large group of skill forwards on the Dublin team and he is the second prospect from the OHL taken in the draft by GM Brad Denea. Brendan Perlini is the other.
Athens GM Terry Moutafis made just one trip to the podium this draft, having earlier traded Athens’ picks in the first two rounds. Those picks were used to select Sami Vatanen (Frankfurt) and Darcy Kuemper (Madrid). The Greeks made Artturi Lehkonen their pick at number 67. Lehkonen is a thin winger from Finland who is in the Montreal organization. Scouts say he does good things with the puck and has excellent hockey sense, but is not a great skater. The Greeks need young players at wing where the only two younger than 25 are Kyle Palmeiri, 23, Tomas Vincour, 24, and Valentin Zykov, 19.
Of the final five picks in the draft, two belong to the Berlin Smurfs. By picking David Pastrnak at number 68, they used up their two prospect allocations. In the first round they snagged pomising German Leon Draisaitl. Pastrnak, a Czech, is somewhat similar to the two players who picked ahead of him. He is quick, elusive and skilled with the puck, but he is skinny. Some scouts worry that he can be easily neutralized in traffic and along the boards. Berlin has a young team still and they should get another infusion of talented youth in a few years when Draisaitl, Pastrnak and Alesander Barkov are only in their early 20s.
Moscow went with a defenseman who rose dramatically up Central Scouting Bureau’s rankings before being selected by Philadelphia in the first round of June’s NHL draft. Travis Sanheim is a 6-3, 18-year-old who grew up in Manitoba and played his Junior hockey in Calgary. In 67 games with the Hitmen, he had 24 assists and played well defensively, compiling a plus 25 plus-minus rating, which was third on his team behind Pavel Padakin and Greg Chase. Currently, Moscow’s roster lists just three players younger than 25 and none is a defenseman, although Spartak has 5 prospects including two Dmen – Sanheim and Darrell Nurse.
Berlin is scheduled to pick again before noon.