The FAN 1200 - Pierre McGuire - 3rd overall vs J. Staal??
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05-12-2012, 11:09 AM
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The odds of not getting an nHL player at #3 are pretty slim.
Since we're dead-set against taking a defenseman this year here are the forwards drafted at #3, or the first forward drafted at after #3 if a defenseman was taken in that spot (since the new millenium).
2011: Huberdeau - too early to tell.
2010: Ryan Johansen - probably too early to tell as well. Had 9 goals last year (compared to Staal's 29 at the same age)
2009: Matt Duchene - nice comparable in my opinion. Similar style players, probably have to wait a few years to see if Duchene can be more of an offensive player.
2008: Nikita Filatov - Staal all the way, and I take Staal over Colin Wilson too, the next forward taken after Filatov.
2007: Kyle Turris - I take Staal any day, even if you think Phoenix messed up Turris and there is still untapped potential there.
2006: Jonathon Toews - I take Toews.
2005: Benoit Pouliot - do I have to say anything?
2004: Andrew Ladd - nice player, I'd still take Staal
2003: Nathan Horton - nice player, I'd still take Staal. And Staal over Zherdev, Vanek and Michalek too, the next three forwards taken.
2002: Scottie Upshall - Staal all the way, and Staal over Joffrey Lupul, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Petr Taticek and Eric Nystrom too.
2001: Alexander Svitov - Staal of course, Next three were Weiss, Chistov and Mikko Koivu. Mikko Koivu is the only one that comes close, and that's just because I think Koivu is very underrated.
2000: Marian Gaborik - Gaborik.
3 "too early to tells" in Huberdeau, Johansen and Duchene
2 "not Staal" in Toews and Gaborik
7 "Staal is better" than Filatov, Pouliot, Turris, Ladd, Horton, Upshall and Svitov
The odds seem to be squarely in Staal's favor. Yeah, he'll cost more, but do you want a good but expensive player, or a cheap, but mediocre player?
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