I'm not sure how much draft-related conversation has occurred on SCH, but several NHL.com writers (take this with a grain of salt, of course) have predicted that the Hawks will select Tomas Jurco with the 18th overall pick.
- Born December 28, 1992 in Slovakia, 6'2", 193 lbs
- Jurco is a right wing (shoots left), and patterns his game after Hossa.
- He is known for his YouTube puckhandling wizardry, but seems to resent this, and has said that he isn't "a clown" (source: Fox News)
- Central Scouting has him listed as the 20th North American skater overall
- A member of the 2011 Memorial Cup Champion Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
- Missed the Sea Dogs' training camp to finish school in Slovakia, and had a slow start to his season. Eventually, he was able to score 31 goals and 56 points in 60 games. In the playoffs, he scored 6 goals and 18 points (in 19 games).
Jurco sounds like he has the potential to be an effective NHL playmaker. His craftiness with the puck (the real deal, not the YouTube version) sounds Kane-esque to me. Are there other positional needs that the Hawks organization needs to fill? Are you guys familiar with any other draft picks? Discuss!