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11-01-2012, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Hammer79 View Post
It takes a few seasons for most players to make the jump from junior to the NHL, unless they are lottery picks or outliers. Most go back to junior for 2 seasons until they are 20, and spend another season or two in the AHL to hone their professional game. This year's prospects to make the team would have been drafted in the class of 2008. This would be the first season that we would have seen the results of MG drafting on NHL-ready depth.

The depleted NHL-ready-prospect pool of the last few years is all on the Nonis regime, because MG's picks would not be expected to be ready to make the jump yet until this season. All of MG's first rounders have been in the #22 or later slot, except Hodgson who fetched us Kassian. Picks out of the top 10 or so are traditionally the late-bloomers, with the odd exception here or there.
I also semi-write off the 2008 draft, because Gillis was hired right before the draft and had no preparation. Only his first rounder (Hodgson -> Kassian) counts as his draft pick in my mind. The rest were made with the same scouting staff that was under Nonis.

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