2012-2013 Official BST Discussion Thread Part II
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11-15-2012, 10:12 PM
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Blinkman, a homerun swing actually means that there is a distinct possibility that something good could come of the situation. BUT, there is not one positive in the Leduc situation. He was never even thought of as a player that was going to be drafted, I bet even he was shocked being drafted, let alone being picked at the top of the 4th round. A defenseman, he was -9 in 4 playoff games. That's almost impossible to do, even if you tried to do it on purpose. An alleged 6'5" fighter, who went to the Dale Rolfe school of fighting, basically gets his head handed to him every fight.
Leduc was the 209 rated skater in Central Scouting, and lets not forget, CS does not include European skaters in their list, they are rated separately. So Leduc would probably be rated in the 300 range. We took him 104th overall. I wouldn't call this taking a home-run swing, I'd call this meekingly flailing at strike 3, or striking out looking. A home-run swing would have been someone like Gemel Smith or Anton Zlobin, at least you have a chance at possibly connecting.
Leduc will never make it to the NHL, he was a dumb pick by people who were trying to show the NHL how smart they were. The same smart people who took Jason Clark in the 3rd round and Cody Rosen.
This is a good post and certainly based in fact. I don't think Leduc is going to amount to anything, but I do remember a similar, or worse, uproar when in the 3rd round of the 1996 draft the Isles some 6'9 giant from Solvakia who's most notable visual scouting report was literally a video tape he made of himself taking slap shots....
Let's just see how things turn out, I mean if you had told me Frans Nielson or Andrew McDonald would be as good as they are now even two years after they were drafted I would have told you to stop watching hockey.
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