Grade our day 1 draft day
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06-21-2008, 09:28 PM
Join Date: Feb 2007
I'll add another B+. I think Wilson would have been there at #9. If not, certainly one of Hodgson, Boedker would have been there. None of the 3 would have been bad at #9.
I also might be in the minority, but I like the Pickard pick. He was pretty much the consensus #1 goaltender in the draft, and with Rinne, Smith, Ellis, Pickard and maybe even Dekanich, I like our odds of finding a long term #1 out of those 5. Besides, there really wasn't any forward out there at #15 or #18 that I thought we should have picked instead.
We went into the day with the 2 picks, got the #2 ranked center and the #1 ranked goaltender. Not too shabby.
I never thought we could unload Mason for anything after the way he played, but to get Mason and his 3 million moved and Ellis signed for just over half that, I like it. Trading him to St. Louis is a big gamble though - if Mase returns to form, we just helped a division rival make the playoffs, if not, then they have a backup goalie eating 3 mil of cap space.
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