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06-18-2012, 06:38 PM
Haute Couturier
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Originally Posted by jd2210 View Post
I did not start the whole Downie comparison as a way of comparing the style of play, but rather the fact that the Flyers have in the past gone with a guy they want over BPA. Downie was projected in the mock drafts to be a third rounder I believe.

For the most part and Downie included I feel this team has drafted VERY well in the first round so I trust whomever Homer picks. Especially if its Matta. I really like him.
And I would argue Downie was not a reach based on his performance.

Look at the last 3 forwards drafted out of juniors with the 29 pick.

Nicklas Jensen (2011) - .95 ppg
Emerson Etem (2010) - .90 ppg
Carter Ashton (2009) - .71 pgg

Compare that to Downie and Wilson.

Downie (2005) - 1.20 ppg
Wilson (2012) - .55 ppg

Downie was clearly better than the average talent found at 29.
Wilson, on the other hand, is much worse. He is clearly not a first round talent based on his skill level.

I generally trust the Flyers when they make a selection in the first round (keep in mind they haven't used many first round picks under Holmgren), but I will question them if they take Wilson.

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