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11-13-2012, 04:41 PM
Beendair Donedat
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
The last time the Habs tried to draft size in the first round, it was the 1990s.

1990, 12th overall, Turner Stevenson, 6'3"
1991, 17th overall, Brent Bilodeau, 6'4"
1992, 20th overall, David Wilkie, 6'3"
1993, 21 st overall, Saku Koivu, 5'10"
1994, 18th overall, Brad Brown, 6'3"
1995, 8th overall, Terry Ryan, 6'1"
1996, 18th overall, Matt Higgins, 6'2"
1997, 11th overall, Jason Ward, 6'2"
1998, 16th overall, Eric Chouinard, 6'2"

In the 1990s the Habs tried to draft size in the first round and you can see the result. There was one year, 1993, when they went for skill and not size, and they got a different result.

You want to pick BPA. Size is possibly the most overrated attribute on draft day and thus you end up with losses. You can get size on the UFA market, and in any case the Habs are not as small as they used to be.
You're wrong there. Terry Ryan was coming off a 50 goal, 110 point season In the WHL. He had incredible size and skill in Juniors, just didn't translate to the pro level.

After a successful season with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL Wilkie was seen as one of the top upcoming defensive prospects for the 1992 NHL Entry Draft and was selected in the 1st round, 20th overall by the Montreal Canadiens. The following season Wilkie returned to the Blazers and made his international debut representing the U.S. in the 1993 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship

Stevenson was a 30 goal scorer in Juniors. And an All Star:
199192: West First All-Star Team (WHL)
199192: Memorial Cup All-Star Team (CHL)

Eric Choiunard clearly had some skill: After scoring 296 points in 180 games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, he became a 1st-round draft choice (16th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft

All of the guys drafted put up numbers and were all stars... They weren't just drafted for size. It's just a common misconception because none of them transferred their Junior success to the pro ranks. Probably says more about our lack of ability to develop young players than anything.

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