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04-06-2011, 09:29 PM
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Reasons to give Timmins his due - 2007 Draft

So many posters here are always moaning about the drafting in the first round by Timmins and how he has missed the "star" (the same one the others missed ahead of him) and how our 1st rounders are all grunts or non-impact players.

I think one really has to look at the 2007 draft and give the guy praise and respect what he did in picks 12, 22 and 43.

Ryan McDonagh, Max Pacioretty and PK Subban are those players. We unfortunatly no longer have McDonagh because of the Gomez trade, but one has to recognize that all three of these guys are going to be top 6 in forwards and top 4 in Dmen.

That to me is very good scouting, and a well deserved pat on the back to Timmins and his department.

Not to mention we also managed to get Eller who was drafted 13th overall in that draft. Timmins and his scouting staff probably played a significant role in the trade, relying on their reports before and after the draft.

Yannick Weber at 73.

Conboy looks to be a potential future 4th liner in a tough guy role too, at 142.

Some others are ini the AHL, they may not be NHLers, but they are playing a role in the system and are getting a chance to develop. Being only 4 years ago it is a very successful draft, especially considering 3 of the 4 are Dmen and NHL ready at 21-22.

Here's to hoping the drafts afterwards are as rewarding.

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