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07-16-2011, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by KingLB View Post
Meh....the 07 draft, basically screwed every rebuilding team except for the Hawks. Compared to basically every year since then you'd be beyond pissed if Hickey was your pick. That year honestly it doesn't hurt much. As for the Alzner pick....absolute waste imo, players with little to no offensive upside or "character guys" with third line upside have no place in the top5-10 most not even the first round. I would never touch a player like L. Schenn/Alzner/Teuburt/Maclarth and Upshall/Chipchura in the high first round. Give me a risky Russian any day of the week over an average NHL player.

And comparing to Muzzin is misleading. Muzzin was a top pick going into juniors and had back/injury problems that lead to him missing much time and falling in the draft and then not getting signed.
Just because Alzner is not flashy does not mean he doesn't have value. Scuderi and Mitchell types are just as important to Stanley Cup teams as flashier players.

I understand why LA took him and he seems like a good kid with upside, but he seems closer to busting than making any impact on LA. Alot can happen and maybe Hickey will get some time to prove himself but as I said before, the odds are getting longer. If Hickey breaks in with LA it could take a long time given our defensive depth. Why would he even want to toil in the minors until he gets his shot? He may not even want to stick around that long especially with the competition that is stacking up in the organization.

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