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03-05-2013, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Scott Hall View Post
That's one of the reasons why I didn't get the Bourdon pick. The Canucks had Kesler pencilled in as a 3rd line center, the Sedins on the second line and Morrison on the first. Surely Nonis had to have realized that he had about 2 or 3 years left on BMo before he would either decline or become a UFA.

At the time we also had a solid D core, at least that's what they would have us believe, with a young KB3, Tomas Mojzis, Brett Skinner and free agent signing Maxime Fortunus, who many believed had the wheels to be in the NHL. Looking back, aside from KB3, these guys didn't amount to much, but, especially Mojzis, there was a lot of hype around them for being great prospects. Our D core was Baumer (who actually put up 30+ points and led the D in scoring), Jovo, Ohlund, Salo, Allen, and a mish-mash of players for 6th spot, including 39 games from Bieksa.

We had Craig Darby, Josh Green, and Nathan Smith in our system as centers (2 older vets and a not so great 1st round draft pick). We had just traded RJ Umberger away in 2004, so he wasn't in our system either.

Point is, why didn't we draft a center?
I actually don't know, Kopitar would sure look good, here.

(assuming he developed the same way)

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