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01-08-2013, 07:30 AM
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I don't think any of the fans are bitter. A lot defend the pick and some are adamant that we should have taken Forsberg or Grigs or someone else. It's a mixed bag of opinions.
It's really not unusual though. A high pick like that will always be highly debated by a fan base. Jordan Staal was a good player for us but some people never let go of the fact that they drafted him over Toews and a few others.
There's a big difference. At the time Staal was universally rated the better player. Try reading Gare Joyce's book. The scouts were in awe of Staal, some calling him the best athlete they'd ever seen. It was a very easy pick and can only be criticized in 20-20 hindsight. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if Staal proves himself to be an equal or better player now that he is the go to guy and not a third liner. Their even strength/pk scoring stats are not that different, which is amazing given that Staal plays with third liners and Toews with first liners.
With Pouliot, the Pens made a reaching picking him over many higher rated players when the the farm system is already imbalanced by the overload of defensive prospects and lack of forwards. The only people who think that this was a good idea are people who throw logic and reason out the window and think that Shero is smarter than all scouts and scouting organizations. This is the kind of arrogance that gets you the like of Thomas Hickey an Hugh Jessiman.
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