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12-10-2009, 03:33 PM
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As if Ranger fans wouldn't be moaning and groaning like bitter old men had we taken a dozen or so other names in that draft? They'd still be *****ing that we didn't take Richards, Getzlaf or Parise.

Had we taken Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Mark Stuart, Anthony Stewart, Brian Boyle, Jeff Tambellini, Patrick Eaves or Shawn Belle, or even more so had someone like Robert Nilsson, Andrei Kostitsyn or Steve Bernier fallen to us as well. All have been major disappointments.

People regurgitate that same partisan fact that "all the draft picks have played in the NHL except Jessiman", but never actually talk about just how much those picks actually played.
• Pouliot has been up and down with the Oilers since 2005 repeatedly, and seeds on their 6th on their club in centers behind Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Potulny, Ryan Stone and Mike Comrie. He's a third-liner on their club, and their club is weak. What kind of NHL value do you think he really has?

• Eaves was drafted 29th overall, and didn't play for Ottawa until the 2005-06 season because he finished his NCAA career with BC, and played a whopping 17 games in two years for them before they traded him to Carolina, who then turned around and 5 months later traded him to Boston who then waived him (IIRC), and he finally signed a 1-year deal with Detroit on August 4th - well into the free agent period. Real superstar ya got there.

• Kostitsyn and his enigmatic brother were chalked up to be the next friggin' Sedin twins, when in reality they were more like the Ferraro brothers. He's never scored more than 26 goals in the NHL, and never surpassed 53 points in a single season. Both are apparently on the block already in Montrιal.

• Bernier was drafted by the Sharks 16th overall and played 101 games for them in two years amassing an incredible – wait for it – 29 goals. Holy ****! He was traded to Buffalo for Brian Campbell at the deadline in 2008, scored 3 goals in 17 games with Buffalo, and was again traded to the Canucks where he seems to have found the same game he's always had – 15 goals in 82 games in 2008-09. On pace for 23 goals this season.

• Boyle couldn't crack the Kings lineup when they were a bottom-5 team in the NHL, and he's a fourth-line center by default on our club because we traded a 3rd round pick for him. On pace for 8 goals this season. He should have never been a first-round pick.

• Tambellini sucks. I'm not even going to bother with this one.

• Stewart and Belle are nothing to write home about either.
This draft and it's choices are always blown out of proportion.

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