Jordan Staal: Draft bust already?
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09-14-2008, 12:53 AM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Obviously Staal is going to be at worst a good third line centerwho can score 15-20 goals and kill penalties, but that is not the kind of player you should be getting with the #2 overall pick in the draft. Look at #2 overall picks since 1997
Jordan Staal doesn't come close to measuring up to anybody in this group. Probably the worst in the group is Lehtonen whose stock has been hurt by injuries and being stuck behind Atlanta's perenially hapless defense. I don't think anybody would take any of the forwards in that group over Staal. Legwand was in the same position o being considered a draft bust until he finally became a solid point producing two-way player. He's still not good enough to justify being the #2 pick, although granted it wasn't a great year. But Staal may never be even as good as Legwand is now, much less better.
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