Auston Matthews opens in TSN Hockey’s fantastic playoff draft
The NHL playoffs are upon us, which also means the NHL playoff groups are too.
As the North Division playoffs begin on Wednesday, TSN Hockey’s Jeff O’Neill, Martin Biron, Dave Poulin and Carlo Colaiacovo reveal their picks as they face off in a fantastic game.
With the first overall pick, O’Neill selected Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews.
“You saw he was excited with his goal celebrations at the end of the season and he can be my main guy to lead me through this playoff series,” O’Neill said of his pick.
The second draft selection went to Colaiacovo, who caught Connor McDavid of Edmonton, then caught Leon Draisaitl soon after.
“I think it’s safe to say that most people are projecting the Oilers to go two rounds and if they can get you 20 points each, that gives you a pretty comfortable lead in the 14 games they could play. But also, I mean, it’s the NHL. It’s the unpredictability that a team could possibly catch lightning in a bottle and if Edmonton is one of those teams that bodes well for me, ”he said.
Poulin’s strategy was to load players from four specific teams and only one from each division, along with members of the Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights.
Biron raised a few eyebrows when selecting defenseman MacKenzie Weegar from the Florida Panthers
“MacKenzie Weegar is a stud. When Aaron Ekblad fell he was almost a point per game in the rest of the regular season games. He has led all defenders with evenly strength points this year. Now he didn’t get a point in the four goals they scored in the first game, but I still think he’s a stud, ”Biron said.
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