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05-06-2006, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by plafleur10
Watching these playoffs, it has been very painful:

1)To watch local product François Beauchemin thrive with Anaheim, after losing him for nothing due to our hockey gurus Gainey & Co. misinterpreting a technicality (looks like he could have been sent to Hamilton under a different provision during the lockout and would not have been lost, like tons of teams did with their key prospects, ex: Ottawa with Jason Spezza)

2)To watch defenseman Andrei Meszaros and power forward Wojtek Wolski thrive with Sens and Avs, while Kyle Chipchura,picked before them,is probably a couple of years in the AHL away from becoming a decent NHL plumber at best.

3)To watch power fowards Steve Bernier (another local product), Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry display star potential with Sharks and Ducks, while, according to our hockey gurus here, Andrei Kostsysnin, picked ahead of each three (not to mention Jeff Carter), is not good enough to dress for one playoff game on a weak offensive team that could not score more than one goal per game for its last 4 games.

All this while the whole world (except our hockey gurus and the Montreal fans who sit with their mouth wide open and gobble up whatever their gurus throw at them)knows our key problems are and have been for a long time that our Top 6 forwards are too small and that we lack depth on defense...
We lack depth on defense if you don't consider having O'Byrne, Korpikari and Emelin. Sure it could be better and it will be with the next draft. As far as your Bernier boy, well if you go back in time, the potentiel steal of the draft, and this by the ''experts'', GM'S and scouts, his name was Kostitsyn. If it wasn't for his health, he would've been gone top 5. Bernier, there was a question about his work ethic. But we took the same kind of risk with Latendresse, the reason why he fell down the rankings, and we took the risk....As far as Bergeron, in most of the scouting services rankings, Bergeron was ranked BEHIND our 3rd round choice, Maxim Lapierre. And even Bruins' scouts said that never ever did they ever dreamed he would've developed they way he did.

As far as Beauchemin is concerned, well it could be mistake.....But if you really want to talk about drafts, you can't possibly talk about 2003-2004-2005 since those kids are developing as they should be and we will begin to see what those drafts will give us.

The real problems years are 1994-2002 with a few exceptions, mostly the spectacular 1998 and Higgins in 2002 and a few others... We are paying for those years right now, let this organisation in place do their work and we should be OK.

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