The Out of Town Thread part XLVI All talk from around the league here
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01-12-2013, 08:31 AM
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When did past Habs teams become "Out of town"?
Anyway, read this on former Leafs GMs:
One thing jumped out:
And the highest pick he retained during any of his first three Maple Leaf drafts – the No. 7 overall in 2009, he used to take Nazem Kadri, a player who remains very much a work in progress at age 22.
Interestingly, Kadri is the only player selected by Burke to play a single NHL game. Among players taken during the '09, '10 and '11 drafts there are 90 players who've participated in NHL games. But Kadri, whose status in the NHL remains iffy, is the only Leaf.
Which made me wonder how our beloved Habs has done during the same period. The disappointing answer is, they've been just as bad. The only player in said class that has worn the Habs jersey in the NHL is Leblanc..
one of Tinordi, Bealieau or Ellis could make that two this year.
90 players on 30 teams gives three players per team on average, one player simplys isn't enough. Not having a second rd pick in 09 or a second and third in 10 obviously didn't help matters.
A more in-depth analysis must include what level of success the teams achieved during the same time frame. Giving up first and second rd picks for deep playoff runs may be worth a shallower talent pool a few years later. Habs obviously did better than the Leafs in the regard, while not doing great either.
Yeah but I don't believe that to be entirely outside of the norm. I mean it takes time for the majority of prospects to reach the NHL, and Toronto and especially Montreal are both markets that traditionally like to take a little longer before they expose their prospects to the NHL.
We also drafted a significant amount of defenseman in that time, and of course they take even longer to develop traditionally. Tinordi was labelled a long-term project at the time, although he is coming along very very well and is looking like a real good future NHL player right now. Beaulieu was also considered somewhat of a project, having all the right skill set but needing defensive refinement and maturity with his decision making.
With some injuries it's entirely possible that guys like Tinordi, Bournival, Gallagher all get some sort of ice-time with the team this season. If we're going to back in hindsight, so far the only pick that I'd somewhat regret is the Leblanc pick.. But even then, I'm reaching a little as he's still overcoming a pretty significant injury that tends to slow down a player for a considerable amount of time.
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