HFNHL Jackets: 2008 Draft Review
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03-28-2013, 11:32 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
If you look past the Boychuk selection, I think this is a very good draft actually. Schultz and Stepan make it good on their own, but I like that there was a lot of upside in this draft, with only the late round picks not yielding good prospects.
For example, neither Sauve or Cormier have panned out as steals, but they have both proven very good prospects with quality tools, held back by injuries and in Cormier's case suspensions/discipline. As the GM who owns Sauve, there's no doubt he's got potential, it's consistency and health that he needs. The tools have proven to be first round calibre though, particularly as he has grown to about 6'2". Those were good picks as they yielded good prospects, even if they may or may not finally develop.
Feinhage and Petersson as well were still high-upside picks, and with Feinhage in particular he had the low level of competition as a question mark, just like Stepan and Schultz. If you miss on those (and IMO, Petersson is likely a miss) but hit on a couple others, you've at least stuck to an approach that is, IMO, worthwhile.
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