It's funny how perspective works. As of yesterday morning I would have been thrilled to find out the Devils were going to draft a two way player at a position of need that has been mentioned as potentially the fastest prospect available. Now, all the sudden, I am supposed to be disappointed because my brother - who probably needs to be Bloodline'd - spent the entirety of his lunch break yesterday sending me erection inducing highlights of a player that was never made available to the Devils?
Well, I'll tell you what. I'm not letting it happen. Clayton Keller can suck every inch of my dick. Never even wanted him anyway. Basically has 'BUST' already tattooed on his forehead. I'm far from a draft expert (in fact, I avoid it completely so I don't get infatuated with teenagers that probably won't end up on my team), but if I know anything about this year's crop of players it's that Devils will be glad with the decision - that they never had the opportunity to make - not to draft Clayton Keller. Mark my words.
Micheal McLeod, on the other? I am absolutely stoked to have a guy that - after a few years of seasoning - could solidify the Devils down the middle. I am under no illusions that he is going to end being some transcendent franchise player, but that's not what you look for when you are selecting 12th. He's not going to step into the lineup tomorrow as a point-per-game player that immediately puts the Devils in the playoff hunt, but that's the sacrifice this team made when they ignored a comical lack of talent and battled tooth and nail for every one of their wins last year. I said it while it was happening and I stand by it. The New Jersey Devils organization needed a season of competitive hockey (even if it didn't end in the playoffs) more than they needed a tank job that may or may not have netted them a Top 5 pick. It gave the fanbase hope and it gave the team a future second line center whose acceleration already has me unbuckling my belt, so watch some highlights and get excited...