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01-01-2005, 11:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Wetcoaster
Daigle was far from a consensus Number 1 pick that year. IIRC many scouts and prospect services had Chris Pronger, Chris Gratton, Paul Kariya, Rob Niedermayer, Viktor Kozlov and even Jason Arnott rated ahead of Daigle.
You're using hindsight instead of the facts at that time.

At that time, only 1 of those players really competed against Daigle.
- Kozlov who had been considered pick 1A or 1B for a long time before a poor showing dropped his ranking.

Kariya was small, nobody was going to draft him over a bigger player with a similar skillset.
Pronger was considered a little raw.
Niedermayer was the consensus "top 5" guy.
Arnott didn't get a sniff for #1... stop looking at their careers to date to make posts like this.

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