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02-23-2013, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Mayor Bee View Post
Y'know, it's funny. Leading into that draft, everyone was talking about Jarnkrok and his meteoric rise in the second half of the season. There was talk that, rather than being in the 30-40 range, he could actually go in the 15-20 range, and certainly no lower than 25th.

Clearly a lot of teams weren't sold on him. Look at Chicago, who took Ludvig Rensfeldt 35th (also out of the Swedish juniors) and then didn't sign him.
I think the Dalton Smith pick turned out exactly as planned. What I don't think was that Scott Howson and co. expected some of the guys that went right around him to turn out the way they have. Jarnkrok fits into this group, as do guys like Justin Faulk, Christian Thomas, Brad Ross, Martin Marincin, Calvin Pickard, Curtis Hamilton, and even Jason Zucker. Smith will be exactly what he was expected to be - a 4th line grinder/middleweight, similar to Jared Boll. Any of those other guys could turn out to be as good/better if they continue to develop. In particular, Justin Faulk is already (quietly) a top-4 defenseman for the Hurricanes.

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