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01-17-2005, 03:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Bryanbryoil
Agreed, I hated the Paukovich pick. Luckilly he's putting up decent numbers as a Frosh, but Prendergast saying that they envision him as a 3rd line type guy IMO sucks considering that he was drafted in the 2nd round.
I guess I can understand expecting top 2 line duty out of a first rounder but I'd be pretty happy if a late second round player turned into a solid third liner. I don't think this is a case of lowered expectations due to a poor draft history either.

I picked a random draft year - 1998 - and did a quick scan through the second round. I count two true second line players, Jonathan Cheechoo and Mike Ribeiro. I'm guessing that the teams that drafted Randy Copley, Ramzi Abid, Blair Betts, Andrew Peeters, Norm Milley etc. wish these guys developed into third line talents.

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