Panthers 2003 draft evaluation
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06-06-2008, 08:20 PM
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The Panthers don't have a poor drafting history - at least not in the context you're discussing. They've seen a rate of over 20% of their picks reach the NHL, which is comparable to the rest of the league.
Where they're deficient is picking star-caliber players. Very few in their 15-year history. Mostly they pick 3rd and 4th liners or back pair dmen. Although I'd suggest scouting has improved the last 3-5 years.
Along this same train of thought, would anyone consider 2004 to be our best draft year? Looking back on our drafts, not counting 2004 and beyond cause it's too soon to tell, I can only find a couple of drafts that yielded three consistent NHL players:
1994: Ed Jovanovski, Rhett Warrener, Ryan Johnson
1995: Radek Dvorak, Peter Worrell, Filip Kuba
2003: Nathan Horton, Kamil Kreps, Tanner Glass (with Meyer and Stewart still possibilities.
I mean, if one more of those guys makes it, it has to be our best draft right? The only other year I considered counting was 2002 with Bouwmeester and Campbell with Globke seeing some time in the NHL, but he hasn't solidified a spot.
Just food for thought and argument.
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