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03-01-2009, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Alchemy View Post
Because it was. Drafting Downie was dumb but trading him was a great move. Look at Downie always getting into trouble always causing controversy. You can't sit here and say drafting Downie was a good move. Look at his character problems. As soon as he got into some trouble when he was apart of this organization i knew his days were numbered. How is that so hard to understand??? Its no question he has some talent but he is a headcase.

Look at Downie captaining Team Canada to a gold medal. I would imagine character is an issue when they select Team Canada. I know what you're getting at and yes...Downie was a risky pick but his skillset was that of a very good playmaker that could win battles along the wall while adding physicality. He was a prototypical Flyer who was involved in a hazing incident. I can't really take your headcase theory seriously until you show credentials that you can diagnose such things on a professional level. This would make you an "arm-chair Dr."
Sorry, not meaning to come off like an idiot but there were pros and cons to drafting Downie as well as the other guys mentioned. Some people agreed, some didn't and some were just indifferent because they hadn't seen enough of them. I fall into the last group as I usually do when it comes to the draft. Unless I've really seen a lot of said player.

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