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12-07-2012, 06:57 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
Not really. A lot of people were speculating on Forsberg, Terrevainen, and Grigorenko.

It was an educated decision.

Let's give credit where credit is due.

The professionals at NHL central scouting had Galchenyuk as 4th among north american skaters.
It was a logical choice, but we shouldn't mistake that for an inevitable one.

Galchenyuk definately had two glaring risk factors at the draft, would his injury hold him back going forward and would he not be as impressive of a player as his 16 year old season predicted. There was a significant chance picking him could blow up in your face right from the outset.

Both failed to materialize but we should respect how hard a decision that must of have been on whether to take the guy you liked the most or get scared of with the chance of an immediate bust. Kudos to the Leafs this year for having the guts to make a similar choice which has had good early returns for them as well.

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