Don't forget Cam Fowler in draft

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

New Jersey Devils’ scouting director David Conte put the Taylor Hall - Tyler Seguin draft debate into context almost all men could understand.

“Who do you like better, Angelina Jolie or Julia Roberts?,” Conte asked the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as draft day at the Staples Center in Los Angeles approaches. “It works for me, either way.”

But in case you wondered, Friday night’s first round doesn’t all revolve around the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins picking 1-2. Windsor Spitfires defenceman Cam Fowler, for example, is considered just as NHL-ready as the two much-heralded forwards and could fall to the Florida Panthers at third overall. And if you like size on the blue line, Erik Gudbranson of Kingston and American high schooler Nick Bjugstad are 6-foot-4 already.

The Panthers have four of the top 51 picks, while the Carolina Hurricanes have a league high 11 selections overall to use or trade and will start with the seventh pick.

Scott Luce, director of amateur scouting for the Panthers, told the South Florida Sen Sentinel that selections three through 11 could wind up in any order and he could extraplolate that to venture 15 to 50 is “almost interchangeable.”

“We like that there’s a lot of depth,” Luce said.

The Maple Leafs, who are not due up until 62nd overall at present, hold six picks, one in the third round, one in the fourth, two fifths and two sevenths.

The first round will go Friday and subsequent six rounds on Saturday.


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