Hugh Jessiman (merged)
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07-25-2007, 10:16 AM
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Besides Parise and Getzlaf none of these players have stood out. Richards has been average...Seabrook is an ok player but we have tons of D prospects. Boyle has yet to hit the NHL. Belle is nothing special, 9 total games in the NHL. Brown and Bernier are nothing special, certainly not better than Prucha or what Dawes can become when given the ice time. Stuart was still bouncing between the NHL and AHL last year. Who here besides Parise and Getzlef is the superstar we missed out on ???
That's really not the point, Darth. Where the team was and with the high level of talent in that draft, the Rangers had to get a guy they knew would play in the NHL — even if that player's ceiling was lower than Hugh's. They really weren't in the position for a boom or bust pick. And that is exactly what Hugh is/was.
You are looking back at the pick with the benefit of hindsite. When the Rangers picked Jessiman, they didn't have a ton of D prospects. And a guy like Seabrooke would look better out there than Pock or Strudwick.
And it's not a question of Brown or Bernier being better than Prucha (who, again, was a serious unknown then). The hope would be not to replace Prucha with Brown or Bernier but rather have Prucha and a guy like Brown or Bernier.
Hugh was a reach, high-risk pick then. He had one good season playing in a second level NCAA league. The Rangers needed to get a guy who they were sure would play in the NHL. They didn't get that. Even worse is Hugh doesn't seem to be developing, progressing or getting better in each passing season.
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