perhaps a development goalie...) So what did we draft? A center.
And what do we know about said center, you ask?
Puck Rakers: Johansen is not going to be Rick Nash's center in 2010-11. He'll be given a chance to impress at development camp and training camp, but he's almost certain to go back to junior next season. He has two years of junior eligibility remaining, and it's quite possible he uses both years.(I added the emphasis in both cases.)
Central Scouting (courtesy of The Cannon): He has good on-ice vision and also angles well on the forecheck. He has the intelligence to play power-play as well as penalty kill. He can be shifty and has the ability to beat a defenseman one-on-one. Once he fills out and gains more strength he could turn raw talent into a valuable center at both ends of rink. He has displayed nice playmaking capabilities and this should continue at the next level.
So we have immediate needs, and we draft a longer-term prospect. Which makes sense, as the kid is only 17 years old.
I'm pleased that the 2013-2014 pipeline is filling up, but we still need help now. Johansen could be incredible, but - barring a miracle - he's not going to impact what I see at Nationwide Arena this fall.
And that's why I'm much more interested in the forthcoming trades and/or free agent signings than the draft.