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04-17-2009, 12:44 AM
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Nonis is an okay drafter. I think his biggest mistake was putting too much trust into Delorme, who is a horrible judge of talent.
For a guy who got us Raymond, Schneider, and more importantly Edler, he's done an okay job. Grabner's actually looking to be a decent second line goal scorer. I'm not putting Bourdon on his resume, though, because he took him ahead of Kopitar, which is absolutely inexcusable considering that Kopitar should have been top 5 in that draft and that the pick had "I'm trying to replace Jovanovski" written all over.
Kopitar is awesome and all, considering all that he's done at such a young age...and would have been tremendous for the Canucks as that 2nd line center they were looking for before they got Sundin, but you can't say that Bourdon wasn't going to become a stud for the Canucks as it looked like was going to happen at the end of last season before the accident. We all know it typically takes longer for defensemen to develop rather than forwards, and accordingly defensemen are typically more valued than forwards since there are less of them, so I think Nonis's choice for Bourdon rather than Kopitar might not have been "hindsight's" number one choice but its still a quality pick by Nonis according to my opinion of what Bourdon would have become for the Canucks franchise. You never know, in the long run a Bourdon might have been more valuable than a Kopitar and I think this fascination by Canucks fans that they "should have drafted Kopitar" should disappear considering the circumstances of how it all played out.
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