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01-28-2012, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Bjindaho View Post
A name to bring up is Chris Phillips. Hickey could still become a Phillips at the NHL level. But at the same time, getting a Chris Phillips with a top 5 pick is still a bad pick

Depends on the draft year IMO. Overall, Phillips as a top 5 is a bit of a let down (though a 1,000+ game player is hard to call a disappointment) but in 1996 it was a brutal year. Consider this for a second, of the 26 players picked in the first round of the 1996 draft, Phillips ranks seventh in career points. A guy who has never reached 30 points in a season in his career is 7th. He is just 10 points behind Marty Reasoner for 6th.

When a purely defensive defenseman ranks 7th in scoring it shows how bad that draft year was. 11 of the 26 players taking never played 100 career NHL games. I don't count anyone outside the first round since they wouldn't have been higher than Phillips on anyone draft rankings anyways and really aren't comparible in terms of where a guy was drafted.

So in 1996, Phillips wasn't much of a disappointment in terms of draft placement and of anyone selected in the top 12 picks, I'd say Phillips was the best player in the end.

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