Did the 2011 draft hurt us more than anything else?
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01-01-2013, 07:11 PM
Sick, Wicked & Nazty
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This topic may be relevant 2-3 years from now when we can better see the development of these players. But for right now...
Biggs was definitely a "solid" pick but like the OP and others have mentioned high skilled players like Jenner, Rattie, Ritchie are hard to overlook. The problem is that Biggs isn't that flashy, high profile scorer that gets people excited about in a 1st round pick. With the time it takes for a power forward to develop, drafting a projected 3rd liner in the 1st round will easily make people think passing on the skill we did is automatically a questionable move. But with that being said, finding GOOD bottom six players is vital to the success of any hockey team, and that's what I think Burke/Morrison felt they needed most.
It was also clear Percy was extremely high on the Leafs list being the local Mississauga player he is. He was a solid pick at the time and as a previous poster mentioned, Burke stated "I would have been sick if we didn't get Percy. You're chewing your fingernails and waiting". No doubt a steady and reliable D who's progress will be closely tracked in the coming years. Would he have slipped into the 2nd round? That we'll never know. But had we stayed put, would Biggs have fallen to 25?
The two picks were solid at the time based on what they are projected to be. We just didn't go for the home run picks that could be Puempel, Rattie, Jenner, Ritchie, or Gibson. All of them could easily hit their potential, while all of them may never play in the show. What does this prove? The draft is a crapshoot.
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