Grading the Blue Jackets at the 2012 Draft
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06-27-2012, 01:04 AM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
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Points aren't everything in hockey. Especially not for a 17 year old kid ... it's not like we drafted him in the first round. And, on the flip side, there are plenty of players who dominate offensively as 17 year olds, but turn out to do nothing in the NHL. Pavel Brendl still holds numerous records for 17 year olds in the WHL, as a matter of fact, and went 4th overall in 1999 ... while a guy selected in the 7th round of that same draft, who scored only 28 points in 37 games, has gone on to a likely hall of fame career (Henrik Zetterberg).
I'm not saying that we've drafted a Henrik Zetterberg here, but at least give them a chance to develop and see what we have.
Problem is Zetterberg took 7 years to develop. This team doesnt have the the luxury/patience for someone to develop for that long. Which is my problem with the pick, the fact that it reeks of Ben Wright
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