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06-29-2013, 08:41 PM
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It wasn't a good draft no matter how you try and spin in.
Kevin Hayes was a reach. Etem, Coyle, and Howden already have NHL experience(Etem and Coyle making an impact), Kuznetsov is a top 5 prospect in the world arguably and Brock Nelson looks like at least a 3rd line center at the NHL level. It was 'a missed opportunity' by Stan. I do like Johns but he isn't a sure thing, while Rensfeldt is a sure bust and Holl is looking like one too.
And I am someone who likes Hayes and thinks he can make the Hawks in a couple years hopefully, but it was a reach. We could've instead had Etem/Coyle/Howden and then drafted Hayes with 30th overall. That would've been just what we needed. It just thinking back on the missed opportunity with 5 picks in the first 2 rounds or whatever. Hopefully Hayes gets shot up with whatever Bickell did this offseason and Johns does indeed sign with the Hawks.
Yeah, and Kuznetsov been a top prospect for how long? He'll come over, and there's no guarantee he'll stay - actually, there's no guarantee he'll even come over, period.
It's a disappointing draft in hindsight. Not a bad one. The 2008 draft is a bad draft in hindsight. There's still a very good chance Chicago gets a couple players out of this draft, and at least two of them project to be solid NHLers (Kayes, Johns).
I've never, ever been a fan of Etem. Yeah, I'd prefer Coyle in hindsight, but Kayes was considered pretty even with Coyle at the time of the draft and Kayes could still end up being the better player - not looking like it at this point, but you never know and Howden's not better than Kayes IMO.
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