Taking a look back at 25 years worth of Habs prospect top 10 lists
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06-16-2009, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by
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From 2003 to 2007, 6 players of each top 10 made the NHL (even if some are there a few times), and a few of the others still have great chances of making it. If only a few of those players could break out, it would be sweet because we are very good at developing NHL talent, but they are just not fulfilling their full potential...
It's either that we're drafting players who lack the potential to become top-liners or that we fail in developing them into anything more than solid 2nd or 3rd liners. Cases can be made as to which factor is holding us back, but in the end it's a combination of both.
Sure we've only picked in the top-5 once during the current regime, but we've averaged out to picking 14th with our first round selection between 2001-2007. Our draft postition isn't a valid excuse. Surely, picking in the top-half of the first round for more than half a decade should yield more than a bunch of above average players/prospects, but apart from Price that currently isn't the case.
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