I want to share a secret before you read the descriptions and conclusions that I have made on Rasmus Dahlin of the Buffalo Sabres and Miro Heiskanen of the Dallas Stars. As I was scouting these two highly skilled young defensemen, I began to imagine they were both eligible in the same draft. I am the GM of the NHL team with the first pick. My primary objective is to determine which of the two players the team with the second pick prefers. I would then try to make a deal with that team so that I would “pass” on picking their preferred player. In exchange, I would be able to acquire a valuable asset, either a player or another draft pick. My reasoning is simple – I love both Dahlin and Heiskanen. They are two of the most poised defensemen ever to play as teenagers in the NHL, and each will f...
About the Author
Tom Thompson spent 31 years in the NHL as a scout, Director of Scouting and Assistant General Manager. He was responsible for running 14 Entry Drafts for the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild and also worked for the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers.