Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Abdelkader assigned to Grand Rapids
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01-30-2010, 11:55 PM
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Originally Posted by norrisnick View Post
He was playing hockey in Michigan and Stastny was playing hockey in Colorado. Once you get beyond that guys that everyone knows everything thing about the draft is about picking guys you know more about. Seeing as Abby grew up playing HS hockey in Michigan and was going to return to Michigan State, the Wings probably knew more about him. Stastny was playing college hockey in Denver. I'm sure the Avs' staff saw more of him than any other NHL franchise did. No one picked Stastny in '04 when he was first eligible to be drafted...
No one expected Stastny to be this good offensively, either. Going into that draft Wolski looked to have the much higher offensive ceiling.

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