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06-30-2012, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Railman View Post
It'll be very difficult to top 2007. He drafted two number one defencemen and a top line winger that year.

I strongly doubt that the 2012 cohort will be nearly as good as that one.
It also just takes time to evaluate. 2004 was so-so, but the best players turned out to be the later picks. I remember excitement with the 2006 draft. Maxwell was projected as a 1st rounder. Valentenko was a big time sleeper, according to some. Even White was projected to be a potential late 1st rounder. He was the fourth player taken by Timmins in that draft and the only one left with a good chance of contributing to an NHL team.

What makes the 2007 draft the benchmark is the quality. If the Habs get one top player and a some NHL regulars, then that would be a very good draft by usual standards. That would be like the 2005 draft, which produced a cornerstone in Price and three NHL forwards who have scored 20 goals or hit 50 points in a season.

Going by that standard, it seems it's fair to hope for a cornerstone in Galchenyuk, and two or three NHL regulars. Anything more than that is awesomeness beyond reasonable expectation.

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