I was interested to compare and contrast the No. 3 and No. 4 picks from this summer's draft: Zach Bogosian and Alex Pietrangelo as the Thrashers met the Blues tonight.
Pietrangelo is bigger and some argue he has more offensive upside, but he looks pretty raw right now. He looked like he wasn't sure what he wanted to do, and when he did decide on something, wasn't very effective. Not quite ready for prime time. (I was much more impressed by Patrik Berglund, taken in the first round in 2006.)
Bogosian, on the other hand, looked very decisive and was almost always in the right position. He has a hard shot, which he unloaded several times, but often wide. He often hits, though certainly not the hardest on the team. He looked better tonight than Wednesday.
Overall, I'd take Bogosian over Pietrangelo. He seems like much more of a sure thing.
But regardless of readiness issues, Pietrangelo may make the Blues roster this year, due to the injury to Erik Johnson. Interestingly, the defenseman taken next in the draft, Luke Schenn, may make the Toronto Maple Leafs as well. That would make four 18-year-old defensemen making their teams once you add in Drew Doughty. That's very unusual.
Here we have John Anderson blowing bubbles and Randy Cunneyworth talking into his tie. We'll assume he's talking to Steve Weeks upstairs.