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04-09-2012, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by dem View Post
Valabik was definitely a stretch when drafted. He was ranked high on lists... but it was mind boggling.

The only things he had going for him were size and nastyness. 100% project. One of the worst first rounders I can remember.
For argument sake here is the 5 picks after him

Tukonen, Thelen, Stafford, Dubnyk and Radolov.

Stafford and Radolov might have been nice but neither is an oh my god how can we have missed out on picking that guy.

Some other first round picks of note:

Nokeainen(16), Chipchura(18), Korpikowski(19), Zajac(20), Wolski(21), Meszaros(23), Schneider(26), Green(29)

From my memory none of those guys were really highly rated picks, although Meszaros I think dropped alot and might have been considered the one that they might have given up on. The 2 best of the bunch(Zajac and Green) I don't think anybody envisioned either being considered for top 10 picks.

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