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12-18-2012, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
Least Popular Picks:

Since this is a category where you can choose anyone in the entire draft, it's harder for players to accumulate a large number of votes. Here are the ones named 3-5 times, in order of how unpopular they were:

1. Sean Avery (MAC)
2. Anson Carter (MAC)
3. Vladislav Tretiak, Coach (BUF)
4. Roman Cechmanek (UTA)
5. Jonathan Cheechoo (BEL)
6. Martin Erat (BEL)

Seven other players were named twice. 17 more were named once apiece.
I disagree with those last 3. Cechmanek had a peak that was high enough(despite how short it was) to warrant selection here. Cechmanek is a bad pick in the AAA draft being a 3-time top 5 goalie in a deep talent pool, and Bill Barilko belongs in the ATD for playing 5 seasons, not doing anything of note, and dying? There's some real modern bias going here where the stigmas attached to players are getting in people's ways of realizing their actual accomplishments. Cheechoo is the same thing. Same thing can be seen by the fact that nowhere does Mike Ribeiro even get a mention in AS voting, despite being an elite offensive force at this level.

The one, by far, that I disagree with most is Erat. He's a remarkably consistent offensive player that has a higher adjusted PPG than Olli Jokinen(albeit in about 400 less games). His adjusted PPG is .716 over 687 games!! He's a great spare. He doesn't have a great peak, but he's a sure bet for 50 points every single year, and that's not something a lot of players at this level can say.

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