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01-17-2008, 12:05 AM
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Originally Posted by VanIslander View Post
On the NHL all-rookie team (2003). Then he was 20th in league scoring two seasons ago, otherwise unaccomplished. If his career ended today he'd be easily forgotten.

136 goals, 298 points in 322 NHL games. No stanley cups. No individual awards. Never been top-10 in league scoring, just once cracked the top-20. Played four and a half seasons.

Yes, he had a good playoffs last year and a good first half of this season, but a great career that does not make.

It'd be real nice if he's put on the fourth line as a greenhorn, perhaps as backup option instead of starter on the top line. There are several wingers, even several left wingers, with more dominance, accomplishments and just as much touted talent, left to be drafted in an all-time context.

That said, he does count as the one active pro player for the time requirement, even if he's best drafted in like rounds 16 or so.

And this is an all-time draft, so 21st century performers should be honored as well.
He has an Olympic gold medal against the best players in the world as a second line center scoring 6 points in 8 games.

A gold, a silver, and 2 bronze medals from the IIHF World Championships.

His team has won their division all 4 years he's played in the NHL, 2 President's trophies (tied for a 3rd and well on their way to winning another). He's been a 1st line player on most of these, why should he not be a 1st line player in this draft?

Would he be forgotten if his career ended today? Perhaps, but just about every single player taken in this draft has been forgotten as well.

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