MISSISSAUGA, CANADA - MAY 20: Jonathan Huberdeau #11 of the Saint John Sea Dogs celebrates his selection by the MHH faithful. He also agrees that Gabriel is dead sexy. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
As you know, the Avs have the #2 pick this year and I wanted to see who the mass of MHH would choose based solely on scouting reports without having any biased attached via names/leagues/stats. Good and Bad blurbs (and photos) were lifted from the Future Considerations Preview for all three polls. I've gone back and tallied the votes for our Good, Bad, and Ugly Blind Draft Choice for this year's NHL Draft and the results are after the jump.
For the Good poll, readers were asked to vote for the guy the most wanted to see the Avalanche take with the #2 pick. The winner in our Good poll was Jonathan Huberdeau (28%) who narrowly beat out Ryan Nugent-Hopkins(25% and Gabriel Landeskog). The top three choices were separated by the slimmest of margins (9 votes between 1st and 3rd!) which leads me to believe that the Avalanche faithful will be happy with any of those three young players come draft day. As for Huberdeau, FC has him ranked second overall (after RNH) and lists the left-handed centerman's career potential as a top line offensive center.
In the Bad poll, readers were asked to vote for the bum they didn't want to see ever done the Burgundy and Frostbite Blue. Based on the results, fans would be pretty upset to see Drummundville center Sean Couturier taken with Colorado's #2 pick. He "won" this poll in a landslide picking up a whopping 45% of the vote. Again, the choice is in line with FC thinking as he's the #5 ranked player on their board, although he has generated a lot of buzz in recent weeks with some people projecting him to crack the top two or three picks. The least horrible options feature our #1 guy from above, Huberdeau and the lone defenseman of the group, Adam Larsson who were tied with 9% of the vote each. So far, the MHH mob has been consistent liking the good and not hating the bad of Huberdeau.
Last, but certainly not least, the prospects were judged purely on aesthetics (from the neck up). Surprising no-one, the top pretty-boy vote-getter of the group was projected top-six power forward Gabriel Landeskog. FC has some issues with his top end offensive potential, but nobody can deny that his sultry blue eyes and blond coif would demand attention from puck bunnies throughout the Denver Metro Area! Poor RNH only managed 4% of the MHH vote showing once again that cone-shaped heads do not attract the ladies.
In summary, it appears that contrary to most of the comments I've been reading on this here stellar site, Jonathan Huberdeau is the man we'd most like to see being all about the A next season. That's the pick we'd make with our heads. Hell, he's even got a nickname already. However, several among us (not saying any names) would likely be just as happy with Gabriel Landeskog because those people pick with their hormones and loins. Not saying one method is more valid than the other, just putting it out there (so to speak).