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12-07-2010, 08:24 PM
Stewie Griffin
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Originally Posted by tyflames View Post
The year ramholt was drafted, well following year (03-04) in the QMJHL he put up 36 points in 51 games. 27 of those points being assist so you can understand sutter and his staffs thinking. They probably figured they were getting a good d man. But his play since that year offensively has not even close and I'm not even sure where he is now.
Shea weber the year he was drafted (02-03) only put up 18 points in 70 games And in (03-04) put up only 20 in 60 games both those years in the WHL. That same year (03-04) Ramholt had more points in less games.
While stats aren't everything the scouts at the time and d sutter probably saw a brighter future in ramholt then they see today. So sutters choice or ramholt over weber could be justified.
I actually dont have a huge problem in not taking Weber. My problem is with the scouting staff taking the so-called best player available instead of drafting to organizational needs. A scouting staff that is unaware of organizational needs is as useless as boobs on a nun.

In the year prior Ramholt didnt put up many points in the Swiss leagues either. But imagine if the Flames took Richards and Bergeron (centre depth being an organizational weakness) instead of Phaneuf / Ramholt.

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