Around the NHL (Part XXXIX): (1/9: Leafs fire Brian Burke as GM; Dave Nonis steps in)
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01-16-2013, 09:38 PM
Two Pucks, One Cup
Join Date: Dec 2005
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Fair enough, but I think that's a bit flawed. If that's your criteria on 'star power' then 1999 was a great draft as it's produced:
- A Conn Smythe winner (Zetterberg, 07-08)
- Two Art Ross winners (D. Sedin 10-11, H. Sedin 09-10)
- One Hart winner (H. Sedin 09-10)
- All three have been, or are regularly in the top-10 in scoring
'99 and '96 are panned because very few of the top-picks panned out. '07 has a lot of late bloomers. 11 of the top-15 picks are regulars on an NHL squad as of today.
I dunno, just pointing some things out. Not many drafts instantly produce huge stars like 2008 did.
The Sedins were drafted to be franchise players. Zetterberg wasnt.
Still, the point is that out of all the drafts since 1999, the 2007 draft has yielded the worst results in terms of NHL star power.
Maybe somebody from the 2007 draft will win an award one day. The fact that it hasnt happened yet is my point.
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