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12-25-2012, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by ULF_55 View Post
Burke said he had him rated 1st. overall in the 2012 draft.

So if Burke is right (whatever) it would not be unreasonable for expectations for him to be a star in the NHL.

When you draft 1st. overall that is what you are expecting, not necessarily a Crosby level of star, but definitely a defender drafted 1st. overall should be at a minimum a #1 defender. Drew Doughty 2nd. overall is an example of a defender fulfilling his draft expectations.

Anything less than a star for Rielly will be a disappointment.
Is it not possible that Burke and his staff had Rielly rated 1st overall on their draft board when selecting 5th overall? For example he had to have known that Yakupov and Murrary would have gone 1st & 2nd and until the Leafs picked it was a toss up of who was going to be available at 5th overall. Using my theory at the 2009 Draft when they selected 7th overall in the 1st round they had Kadri listed at the top of their draft board for where they were picking. So could they have used the same process with Rielly?

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