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10-22-2012, 03:14 PM
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It was a bonehead move to pick a project defensemen ahead of more established forwards. I even said after the draft that if you were to tell me that somehow we nabbed Pouliot and Maatta with our first two picks I would have assumed we never traded Staal, moved up to pick Maatta on the first day and grabbed Pouliot in the second round. Someone got cute picking Pouliot at #8...especially with Forsberg and Grigorenko still on the board.

At the same time though, a defensemen with a bum shoulder went #10 overall this year. The temperature of the league right now is very much that elusive puck-moving defenseman.

I do agree with you it seems like a big reach to take Pouliot over some of the guys still on the board (namely, Forsberg) but the jury's still out.

There was a lot of outrage after the Harrington pick that was little off the board and he's turned into one of the best non-professional prospects in the whole game.

That said, given the Pens strength defensively, given that so many of the draft's top forwards were available, I would have preferred to see them go a different direction. They could have had any forward in the draft except Yakupov and Galchenyuk...And they liked Pouliot more? Still is boggling.

We'll see how it turns out, I guess. If Shero blows a top 10 pick, there's going to be some heat turned up on his draft/developing record, and legitimately so.

And, btw, from Corey Pronman at Puck Perspectus:

Derrick Pouliot, 8th overall to Pittsburgh: When I asked a scouting director if he was surprised to see Pouliot go at 8 he said firmly, “No” and continued by saying, “That’s basically where we had him. We though he was right there with the other top Canadian defensemen.” Scouts of course don’t discuss their draft boards with each other, but they do get a feel from their colleagues on what they think of certain players. From talking to NHL sources about what they had heard from their peers, it seems there were certainly some teams that had Derrick Pouliot in their top 10, but most did not.
I think your assumption "Pens could have gotten Pouliot in the second" was out of touch with how NHL teams actually had their rankings. Given how defensemen were flying in that draft, some team would have taken him in the first round, probably before the Pens picked at #22 would be my guess.

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