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03-30-2004, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by db23
My point is simply that the Habs did not take the best player available with their first pick. Nor their second, third, or fourth picks for that matter. The American kids were very underrated, from Jim Howard on out. Scouts should have realized how good the group was when they won the U18 and U20 Gold Medals. You would think that with the success Montreal had drafting Hainsey, Komisarek, and Higgins they would have realized that the U.S. was producing great prospects. Especially last year. Drafting players from obscure little countries because they are the best prospects in that country almost never works out. Look at Marcel Goc or Luca Cereda. Corey Locke may be the best player the Habs got last summer, with Mark Flood second.
I don't think that's the case at all. Kastsisyn was projected to be a top 3 pick, but a lot of teams were scared when he had epilepsy.

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