Devils New Jersey beat their lottery chances by 11.5 percent on Tuesday evening and landed the first overall choice this year in the NHL project. But perhaps even more lucky than the devils – this is another team that has jumped higher than the expected position – the rangers in New York, who will develop the second one.
With their first choice, the devils will have to decide between adopting 17 years old Old American center Jack Jack, whose whistle is constantly evolving into mania over the past couple of years, or the 18-year-old Finnish forward Kaapo Kako, who saw most scouts like number two, but recently raised his stock, in the eyes of some people he has a neck Hughes. Over the next two months, the devil's brain trust will agonize over this decision and split the hair to determine whether a smaller, clean center like Hughes is better or worse than a larger wing with professional experience like Kakko. Each second of the tapes of these players will be considered. Each change in their upcoming tournaments – World U18 for X & Y and Men's Worlds for Kakko – will be cut. Each word they express will be analyzed until the moment of exhaustion. And in the end, the devils will still have to make a difficult choice.
Rangers, right? Their scouts can go to Poconos by tomorrow, the endless long island of Long Island, which left the entire spring, and skip them until they are off the clock in June. Their decision can not be more stress-free, because the devils will do it for them. What a great off season this will be for GM Jeff Gorton.
Rangers will probably end up with Kakom, because the reputation Hughes has created as an American national team designer does not just disappear, because the guy starts to clog a bunch in the Finnish Elite League. Every bad NHL franchise is looking forward to X-Yuz's development when he was 16 and placed 116 points in one season in the US hockey program, breaking the record for a player of his age by 34 points. The biggest knock on X's is that it's tiny – something like 5 feet, 168 pounds, although I've heard that teenage boys may suddenly grow up. But his skills are no doubt. He is a smart and selfless passer-by, who knows how to break the defenses, and he is an absolutely perfect figure skater whose movement on the ice makes a comparison with Patrick Quesnay.
But if New Jersey takes Hughes, the Rangers' reconstruction will not be disappointed with Kakko. Last season, his first full final in the upper league of Finland – Kakko set a new record for goals scored by the player U18, winning 22 in 45 games, as well as receiving 16 assistances. Kakko is four inches taller and about 25 pounds harder than Hughes, and in the Finn game there is a direct force that does not exist with the predicted peak. But, like the American one, for the game, Kakko also has maturity and intelligence, and it complicates the belief that he is simply a kid riding among adults in a very good European league. It may seem lazy to educate Patrick Line as a comparison of Kakko, but when you see how the Finnish right-forward sends continuous washers to the back of the grid, who else do you have to think about?
Perhaps this draft contradiction can solve itself, like others who have come to this, and both players will achieve greatness. But now, the devils will have to deal with the decision. Perhaps there will be no one in the world who would surely choose whether the right choice is X or Yoko. The rangers are fortunate enough that they will not have to think about it.