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10-25-2011, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Palinka View Post
The 2001 was a pretty weak one as a whole, with the only franchise-type players being #1 (Kovalchuk) and #2 (Spezza).

If you want to get into what's robbed the team of a blue chip prospect, losing the coin flip in 2000 is a good place to start. Or Mike Milbury losing his mind, which stuck the Jackets with Klesla instead of Gaborik, is another place. Or not having any type of vision in 2003....or 2004....or 2005.
Exactly. The only other players taken ahead of Pascal that are still in the NHL are Stephen Weiss, Mikko Koivu, and Mike Komisarek. Koivu being the best, would probably help us the most, and he only went two picks ahead of Pascal. Might be worth noting that we have had a glut of players from that pretty weak draft - this might be our problem

Alexnder Svitov (3rd), Pascal Leclaire (8th), RJ Umberger (16th), Jiri Novotny (20th), Tim "First line winger" Jackman (38th), Fedor Tyutin (40th), Nathan Paetsch (58th) ... that doesn't include Kiel McLeod, our future franchise centerman that we also selected in the second round.

Honestly, there were some pretty good players to come out of that draft, just not as many in the first round as you normally see.

As for our draft blunders/bad luck in other years, we certainly dropped the ball through the Doug McLean years. I still have belief in Scott Howson's drafting/development, personally.

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