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10-29-2008, 08:50 AM
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How many games have you seen? How do you know he is not improving?
Also might be a bit premature to have Chucko as a bust no?
To grant him the benefit of the doubt, it might be a tad premature to label him a bust, but the clock is ticking. If he doesn't step up this year and assert himself in the AHL, then his ceiling is fringe NHLer.
Half the top 10 picks are NHL regulars. The top 4 are stars, as expected. The later f1st rounders haven't panned out yet, but Wolski & Meszaros were selected at #21 & 23, respectively. Washington was able to locate two d-men, who are currently on their roster, Jeff Shultz & Mike Green. Both had WHL experience.
Round 2 exemplifies why those picks are so easily dealt off.
The Rangers managed to grab Dubinsky with their fourth pick in the round. Although some of that could be attributed to their handling on his development, it wouldn't be stretch to think that he would've been deserving of a 1st round selection instead.
This isn't to second guess, since it's already self-evident that Chucko was a wasted pick. Some redemption could come if Prust, Boyd and Pardy find decent enough roles, but the bet here is that 2004 will be regarded as a mediocre draft for the Flames, at most.
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