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12-28-2012, 03:43 AM
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Absolutely. If Brule was gone, I'm sure Kopitar made for a sexier pick than a dman, and he filled a position of need. But Brule was a no-brainer type pick at that point. He, too, played center and was coming off an amazing season. He was a "Can't Miss" pick.

Now that he didn't pan out is another thing altogether, but I doubt you would have found any Columbus fans upset that they landed Brule and not Kopitar or anyone else available at that point.
Yes and if the Blue Jackets were going to pick Kopitar had Brule not been available then I guess that we can say the Habs ruined the Blue Jackets by not taking the guy everyone expected them to take in Gilbert Brule, haha. Really, Columbus' biggest problem ever since they came into the league as an expansion team has been their inability to find a first line center.

Btw, thanks everyone for the responses. It's always fun to mull over what-ifs years after a particular draft took place.

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