Can Habs become like the new St. Louis Rams and choose talent over character?
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05-19-2012, 08:36 AM
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Been there, done that.
See: Jason Ward, Éric Chouinard, Matt Higgins, Terry Ryan, Brad Brown, David Wilkie, Brent Bilodeau, Turner Stevenson.
The only good 1st round pick in the 90's: Saku Koivu, 5'10, character guy, plays much bigger than he is.
Draft the best player available. Regardless of position, size, ethnicity, language, etc. And character/attitude definitely counts when selecting BPA.
You're talking about guys that had no skills. Habs in the 80s especially, a key to their success was because they had size. In fact the turnaround happened when Savard got Bobby Smith at center and it changed the team makeup completly. We had a heavy defensive squad with Green, Robinson, Lidwig, etc...We had guys like Lemieux, Smith, Skrudland, McPhee, etc...as forwards.
You take a guy like Zubrus with the Devils. People laugh at that contract and he may not be as useful as he once was but having a guy like him just adds to your team to have one more guy like this that is hard to move, another big guy with some skills. You have more than one like this and it's hard to push back, it's hard to move for the other teams. Lou is not a stupid person, he got that before every other GM. He build the Devils based on the Habs and that's an aspect of the Habs that he took example of. What's hilarous is that the Habs forgot about it.
As for Saku, sure he was a small guy with tons of heart, but that's all we became when he was there, a bunch of small guys trying to climb a mountain. It's better to be the mountain.
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