Well, well, Mr. Savard: Houle's picks aren't that bad after all...
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10-09-2003, 08:41 AM
Join Date: Aug 2003
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It's unfair to blast Houle for the job he did as GM (as many Montrealers tend to do). I agree that he was not good at his job, but in an interview he gave about a year or two ago, he said that for the first few years he was lost (no experience, just filling in because the organisation he adored called him into action)... he said he only got the hang of things in his last two seasons where he turned up a late-round steal in Markov and some decent picks earlier.
It is also unfair to blast Savard for his comments last season... he was getting a very rough ride from the fans and the press over Brisbois and the coaching and his trades and contracts to Audette, etc. Hell, i'd point out my strengths too!! When your job is on the line, you don't go around touting the picks of your predecessor who was fired for being inept... you distance yourself from that.
The age difference in the players makes a comparison impossible... for those that say that Ward made the team, you must recall that those were VERY lean years when Darby was playing on a scoring line, and Guren was one of our top D prospects... it's taken Jason another 4 years to develop his game to an NHL level... wait until Higgins, Perezoghin, Komi, milroy, etc are 23-24 before you say that they aren't as good as Houles... etc.
As for the comments regarding Plekanec, i'd challenge anyone to say that the kid doesn't have an NHL future (elsewhere or here if we are lucky... the kid will be good; gut feeling). He's a great skater, he's solid physically, he's got good vision... he hasn't been spectacular, but if i recall he's still young, maybe one of the youngest players in his draft year?? (check me on that) Also, you don't keep players that have no future in your club until the last cuts are made... seems a little counter-intuitive to me.
Very well said!!!!!
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