Thread: Injury Report: Calvin de Haan Out for the Season
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10-23-2012, 09:10 AM
Chapin Landvogt
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Originally Posted by StrongIslanders90 View Post
we moved alot to target this kid, I hope it works out. some dman taken after CDH

Indeed, for anyone who had already felt that the Isles went overboard in their march to grab de Haan at pick #12, this is yet another particularly stinging blow.

Naturally, there was some headshaking with respect to doing all that moving up just to leave Kulikov on the table, especially seeing how he's been turning out.

All in all, that draft has given us not only Tavares, but also Cizikas, Nilsson and Lee (keeping those fingers crossed) and at the moment, it's still looking like we'll have an an above-average haul.

WARNING - Possible can of worms being opened:
Still, even at the time, especially the de Haan pick, and then also the Koskinen pick to kick off day two, were picks that just kind of made you think the Isles were making a very, very specific statement, like "We've identified these two boys as kids we absolutely must have in our organization. We see them as special. We believe they are surefire future Isles who will be part of the turnaround on Long Island. Therefore, we are doing what we need to to grab them before any other team can, cost what it may or be it much earlier than others would suspect."

I know a number of us were scratching our heads when it happened (me included), but that draft ultimately saw us turn picks 28, 31, 35, 56, and 77 into de Haan and Koskinen. Hindsight is certainly 20/20, but here are a few names that went alone between 28 and 56:
- Ryan O'Reilly
- Kyle Clifford
- Dmitri Orlov
- Simon Despres
- Anton Lander
- Robin Lehner
- Jakob Silfverberg
- Stefan Elliot
- Brian Dumoulin
- Eric Gelinas
- Carter Ashton

A few interesting names that went within a dozen picks after 56 include:
- Brayden McNabb
- Jesse Blacker
- Tomas Tatar
- Tyson Barrie
- Brandon Pirri

The team can't really do anything about these injuries to de Haan and he was obviously well-esteemed and had a nice skillset. There's hardly a team in the league that needs the strength of picks 28, 31, 35, 56, and 77 in a solid, solid draft group to work out for them as much as the Isles.

Doesn't look like we'll be seeing either de Haan or Koskinen in a productive role for the Isles anytime soon.

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