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02-11-2013, 12:53 AM
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I'm sorry dude. Your opinion on 1st round draft picks relies on hindsight, and it sucks.
The only legit complaint we probably would have is drafting Setoguchi over Kopitar, but even then it still seemed like a promising pick. Speedy right handed canadian goal scoring kid who delivers hard checks. Sounds like a good fit for Thornton, right? He did score 30 goals his first year here, but then we ran into his professionalism issues (parties too much, disinterested in improving his game, getting his ass kicked publicly, etc).
We're actually quite fortunate that we were able to trade him for what got us Brent Burns (who is a fantastic player ON AND OFF the ice).
So, while there is certainly one way to look at things. Its just not how this organization works. Can it be better? Sure, but you guys need to remember that players are responsible for what they bring to the table, too. If Seto actually cared about being a hockey player, we probably wouldn't need to add Coyle to get the trade done. The same can be said about other players who we drafted and failed to make it to the show or live up to their projections.
Its wishful thinking, but its not the reality.
They didn't pick Setoguchi based on Thornton. That was prior to his acquisition. The team still needed that playmaking type forward at that point as they were going into the season with Marleau and Goc/McCauley as their top two centers.
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