Throughout his magnificent life, Winston Churchill never played hockey.
Although to be fair, one of his more famous quotes is a fantastic metaphor for the Golden Knights' situation entering the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
These are wise words from Mr. Churchill, especially relevant in a year that the entry draft class is widely considered to be weaker than those from the past few years.
High-end talents like Nolan Patrick (Center/Brandon Wheat Kings), Nico Hischier (Center/Halifax Mooseheads) and Timothy Liljegren (Defense/Rogle) at the top of the draft rankings are considered sure-fire NHL impact players.
The consensus, however, is that the level of talent available this June falls off significantly after the top-ranked players.
But channeling his inner Churchill, Golden Knights general manager George McPhee isn't concerned by conducting his team's first draft amidst these circumstances. McPhee sees "weaker" drafts as an opportunity for good teams to distinguish themselves.