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03-07-2011, 11:31 AM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Brookline, MA
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Sure did (missed the boat) but again, this is what makes drafting so much more intricate than any of us here on the boards, unless we have first hand experience in the talent evaluation profession could ever imagine.
Theororetically (sp?) you could say that 48 other teams missed the boat on Lucic, if they knew now what he`d be as an NHL`er he`d probably have some team try and snag him in at least the top 15 to be on the safe side.
It`s a crapshoot, again, you may have player A who is the best available player outright, but if you have a glaring need for a D-man and player A is a forward, do ya pick him??? Not as easy as we like to think it is sitting comfortably at home I have to think.
Well in Lucic's case, guessing the upside of a player is much less of an exact science as evaluating the talent that he already has. Fowler walked from the draft into the NHL while some big, athletic kid went back to Vancouver to take on a leadership role, made his game grow into his body, and emerged from that season as the Milan Lucic we saw in Boston.
With Lucic, there was a maturation process, and while many scouts didn't deny the upside they were uncertain he'd ever achieve his full potential because he was a well-below average skater. I remember Kirk saying he was caught a little bit by surprise by the Lucic selection, but once he heard a number of Bruins scouts salivate over his game he felt confident that they had made the right choice. Fowler's skills alone were enough to land him in the NHL immediately after the draft. Seems there were other factors that made him slip.
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