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12-27-2012, 11:54 PM
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Hardyvan123
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Originally Posted by Mayor Bee View Post
The people in the know have said for years that, when Brule fell to #6, the scouts at the table still wanted Kopitar over him.

Part of the issue with Columbus in its first seven drafts was the fact that Doug MacLean insisted on having the first pick, with the scouts then fighting over the rest of the draft. This would explain why there was almost no actual NHL talent that came from those seven drafts, and no grand plan either.
Brule was the guy to take there, Kopitar is 20-20 hindsight.

Brule was smaller but he was thick and played gritty and had a great skill set. For a vareity of reasons, Columbus not being the best fit, too much pressure too soon not enough support, he didn't pan out.

Kopitar was seen as a bit of a project and the lower level of competition was a question mark.

Brule had a 70-39-48-87 line with grit and leadership in the WHL and was seen as the more sure thing at the time and the pick looked good with his flourish at the end of the 06 season leading the Giants to the memorial cup.

Sometimes things don't work out.

Not sure if you mean McLean or the scouts but the whole organization hasn't been run very well in Columbus a but their drafting has been much better since 09.

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