Ray Shero and the Draft Table Part Three
As I begin this latest draft review, we are about a half an hour away from the Pens press conference to remove Ray Shero from his position. There goes getting these done beforehand. Alas here is the 2008 draft. This will be a quicker one since the Pens sold the farm and most of their soul to make a Cup run.
Rd4 Pick 120 - Nathan Moon (Center) - That's right the first pick the Pens had in the draft was in the end of the fourth round. Moon had versatility at the forward positions and a good shot and quick release but strongly lacked in give and go situations. Makes for an odd pick considering the way Bylsma systems tend to run. A player who wasnt known for playing well off the rush or cycles who also had poor skating skills. The Penguins never tendered him an offer. To make matters worse, the Red Wings picked Gustav Nyquist at 121. Vomit. Did Shero even hire a Scandinavian scout?
Rd5 Pick 150 - Alexander Pechurskiy (Goalie) - Pechurskiy actually made a cameo appearance for the Penguins while he was playing for the Tri-City Americans. Signed to a one day ATO for injury purposes was actually thrust into a game against the Canucks where he stopped 12 of 13 shots in a 5-2 loss. A 6 foot lanky goaltender who relied heavily on athleticism and needed work on positioning, stick handling, rebound control, recovery, he needed work on everything, makes for such a great pick. Especially with Jared Spurgeon (156) and Cam Atkinson (157) still on the board. This was before the questions if he even wanted to play in North America. Spurgeon was a small defenseman but an excellent two way player with Atkinson an accomplished scorer for the Blue Jackets despite being dimunitive.
Rd6 Pick 180 - Patrick Killeen (Goalie) - Back to back goalies late in the draft. Unsure of what the organizational depth was at the time but Chad Johnson wasn't traded until 2009 so unsure from memory the need for two late round goalies. This really wasnt a horrible prospect pick for this point in the draft. He seemed to have more to offer in terms of abilities that needed refined than Pechurskiy. All in all cant complain with the pick even if early 7th rounders included Zach Redmond (184), Jason Demers (186) and Pittsburgh's Matt Bartkowski (190).
Rd7 Pick 210 Nick D'Agostino (Defense) - All in all, a decent skill set for someone just destined to be depth defenseman in the AHL. Nothing shameful here, only one pick behind him and was nothing of note.
Hitting on a player is going to be rather unlikely in the back half of the draft but feel that the first two picks were bombs, while the final two were ones that you cant really complain about being that late in the draft. So after three drafts I have Shero at 6 good picks out of 16 total.