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12-01-2011, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Chapin Landvogt View Post
Going into that draft, most services had him placed between 12th and 17th.

We took him 9th overall. Vancouver took Hodgson 10th. Myers ended up going 13th.

He was coming off a 96 point season. I still don't now why this team didn't let him have one more year of OHL hockey and what likely would have been a key role in the WJC? There seriously was no rush to have him on that team. It was doomed to fail - they could have just had Colliton in the 4th line role or signed another AHL-bubble type - if not a real NHLer.
The fans and boards all wanted him to get a chance....and the masses would have been livid if Bailey didn't get to stay.

NOW, thankfully, maybe 30% of the fanbase is willing to be patient with prospects.

Which means we need a few dozen more failures to get a majority (by 2019?). By then, "give him a chance" will be almost universally understood as, "LEAVE HIM THE F$*! ALONE!" (to use the Queen's English)

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