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Hank Balling
Buffalo Sabres
Joined: 05.18.2021

Jun 9 @ 8:18 AM ET
Hank Balling: 2021 NHL Draft Class – Luke Hughes (+ Longest Search Ever?)
Buff36
Buffalo Sabres
Joined: 10.13.2019

Jun 9 @ 8:27 AM ET
Nice read again Hank
Hank Balling
Buffalo Sabres
Joined: 05.18.2021

Jun 9 @ 8:28 AM ET
Nice read again Hank
- Buff36


Thanks.

I really like Hughes. I didn't want to like him this much.

Next up is your boy Eklund i think
gerbe75pts
Anaheim Ducks
Location: DRAFT COLE CAUFIELD AT 7!!!, CA
Joined: 09.03.2009

Jun 9 @ 8:43 AM ET
Hughes would have taken over the the number 1 spot if he was fully healthy style he plays like is thomas chabot
Hank Balling
Buffalo Sabres
Joined: 05.18.2021

Jun 9 @ 8:51 AM ET
Hughes would have taken over the the number 1 spot if he was fully healthy style he plays like is thomas chabot
- gerbe75pts


After reviewing Hughes, Beniers and Power, I gotta say I think I have hughes at #1

He's the most dynamic of the three players imo.

And he's so young
gerbe75pts
Anaheim Ducks
Location: DRAFT COLE CAUFIELD AT 7!!!, CA
Joined: 09.03.2009

Jun 9 @ 8:54 AM ET
After reviewing Hughes, Beniers and Power, I gotta say I think I have hughes at #1

He's the most dynamic of the three players imo.

- Hank Balling


2014 draft all over again Dejavu
Michael Pachla
Buffalo Sabres
Location: solid!!!
Joined: 09.05.2007

Jun 9 @ 9:13 AM ET
Many had been saying that anywhere in the top four or five this year will yield an impact player with all of those prospects grading out very close to each other
LandlordTom
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Ice girls, please, NY
Joined: 07.16.2011

Jun 9 @ 9:20 AM ET
2014 draft all over again Dejavu
- gerbe75pts


Hughes, if true.
Powerslave
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Beyotch-trill
Joined: 02.10.2011

Jun 9 @ 9:21 AM ET
Hughes, if true.
- LandlordTom



Nice
homiedclown
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Life w/o Eichel is coming soon to an arena near you, FL
Joined: 02.24.2008

Jun 9 @ 9:22 AM ET
Many had been saying that anywhere in the top four or five this year will yield an impact player with all of those prospects grading out very close to each other
- Michael Pachla


eichel to the ducks for pick 3 and zegrass

reinhart and olofsson to the blue jackets for pick 5



pick 1 draft beniers
pick 3 draft quinn
pick 5 draft eklund


turn the [email protected] page
TheSabresTaco
Buffalo Sabres
Location: I would pick Heiskanen and Provorov over Dahlin. But still not in my top 10. - MaximusAurelius, NY
Joined: 05.05.2011

Jun 9 @ 9:22 AM ET
Admittedly I haven't put nearly enough time into Hughes like I have for some of the other guys.

I feel like he's more of a Karlsson from his draft year than Chabot. The tools are stronger with Hughes than they were with Chabot, where as the tools are very similar to 2008 Karlsson. The skating, stride, edgework, agility, puck skills, offensive upside..

Hopefully he can significantly improve his defensive game.
Buff36
Buffalo Sabres
Joined: 10.13.2019

Jun 9 @ 9:23 AM ET
After reviewing Hughes, Beniers and Power, I gotta say I think I have hughes at #1

He's the most dynamic of the three players imo.

And he's so young

- Hank Balling

Hughes is dynamic, but I am still on the Eklund train
RhinoFan
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Visionville
Joined: 10.12.2015

Jun 9 @ 9:23 AM ET
eichel to the ducks for pick 3 and zegrass

reinhart and olofsson to the blue jackets for pick 5



pick 1 draft beniers
pick 3 draft quinn
pick 5 draft eklund


turn the [email protected] page

- homiedclown


We did this at #8 last year, come up with something original.

Not sure I want that action for 5OA, but it would be interesting to see 3 young guns like that get drafted simultaneously by the worst team in the league. Could be a lot of fun or an absolute nightmare.
TheSabresTaco
Buffalo Sabres
Location: I would pick Heiskanen and Provorov over Dahlin. But still not in my top 10. - MaximusAurelius, NY
Joined: 05.05.2011

Jun 9 @ 9:24 AM ET
Hughes, if true.
- LandlordTom





Slump Buster
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Not a fan of #23, NY
Joined: 10.24.2006

Jun 9 @ 9:28 AM ET
eichel to the ducks for pick 3 and zegrass

reinhart and olofsson to the blue jackets for pick 5



pick 1 draft beniers
pick 3 draft quinn
pick 5 draft eklund


turn the [email protected] page

- homiedclown



Very well done. I think I would prefer Zegras and 3 over the Byfield package.
Feds91Stammer
Detroit Red Wings
Location: "China was as proactive as possible" - Rinosaur, SC
Joined: 02.01.2012

Jun 9 @ 9:29 AM ET
Hughes is dynamic, but I am still on the Eklund train
- Buff36

Eklund at 1?
homiedclown
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Life w/o Eichel is coming soon to an arena near you, FL
Joined: 02.24.2008

Jun 9 @ 9:30 AM ET
We did this at #8 last year, come up with something original.

Not sure I want that action for 5OA, but it would be interesting to see 3 young guns like that get drafted simultaneously by the worst team in the league. Could be a lot of fun or an absolute nightmare.

- RhinoFan

meant hughes


I am sober

Powerslave
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Beyotch-trill
Joined: 02.10.2011

Jun 9 @ 9:31 AM ET
meant hughes


I am sober


- homiedclown



Yet probably hung over from Kimmie's b-day party
LandlordTom
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Ice girls, please, NY
Joined: 07.16.2011

Jun 9 @ 9:32 AM ET
I'm all for us choosing bpa, whomever that may be, but if we're gonna take a dman I'd be happier with a solid, sturdy one whose best attribute is defending. We are full of mobile, "puck-movers" but as a team are not that great at actual defense.

I have super-high hopes for Borgen but aside from him, who else can we remotely refer to as a shutdown blueliner?
Hank Balling
Buffalo Sabres
Joined: 05.18.2021

Jun 9 @ 9:33 AM ET
meant hughes


I am sober


- homiedclown



There's too damn many Hugheses
RhinoFan
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Visionville
Joined: 10.12.2015

Jun 9 @ 9:34 AM ET
meant hughes


I am sober


- homiedclown




Get that coffee in ya.
LandlordTom
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Ice girls, please, NY
Joined: 07.16.2011

Jun 9 @ 9:35 AM ET
I'm all for us choosing bpa, whomever that may be, but if we're gonna take a dman I'd be happier with a solid, sturdy one whose best attribute is defending. We are full of mobile, "puck-movers" but as a team are not that great at actual defense.

I have super-high hopes for Borgen but aside from him, who else can we remotely refer to as a shutdown blueliner?

- LandlordTom


edit: ok, Samuelsson projects as that role, too, but both he and Borgen are still unproven.
Hank Balling
Buffalo Sabres
Joined: 05.18.2021

Jun 9 @ 9:36 AM ET
I'm all for us choosing bpa, whomever that may be, but if we're gonna take a dman I'd be happier with a solid, sturdy one whose best attribute is defending. We are full of mobile, "puck-movers" but as a team are not that great at actual defense.

I have super-high hopes for Borgen but aside from him, who else can we remotely refer to as a shutdown blueliner?

- LandlordTom


I think there's plenty of room for Hughes to improve on his d game when he fills out his frame. He's not a little guy at 6'2"
RhinoFan
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Visionville
Joined: 10.12.2015

Jun 9 @ 9:36 AM ET
There's too damn many Hugheses
- Hank Balling


We need Myles Jack to have a son named Hughes and we're in (frank)ing business here.
Anderdog
Buffalo Sabres
Joined: 03.17.2021

Jun 9 @ 9:37 AM ET
Good job Hank

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