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07-02-2013, 02:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post
No, I think it's unrealistic to expect three forwards in one draft to be fulltime nhlers, especially since two of the three are more of the project type. The only year that happened under Timmins is 05 with Latendresse, D'agostini and Sergei Kostitsyn. Two of three are journeymen nhlers and the third just signed in Russia I believe.
How is expecting three forwards to pan out any more unrealistic than expecting 3 PLAYERS to pan out, when we picked 8 players in one draft and 7 of them were forwards? This is a completely illogical statement. Them being all forwards impacts in no way the probability they pan out.

As for drafts with 3 players who played in the NHL:
2003: Kostitsyn, Lapierre, O'Byrne, Halak
2004: Chipchura, Grabovski, Streit, Emelin
2005: Price, Latendresse, D'Agostini, Kostitsyn
2007: McDonagh, Pacioretty, Subban, Weber
2008: None so far. Kristo is likely.
2009: None so far. Dumont is a wildcard.
2010 already has two players who played in the NHL in Tinordi and Gallagher. Both are going to be NHL players as well.
2011: Beaulieu has played and will be an NHLer. Dietz too, likely. Nygren is a wildcard.
2012: Galchenyuk already is an NHLer. Collberg is likely. Bozon and Hudon are probably going to be up there too at some point.

It's all a matter of having a successful draft. Only time will say if this one was successful. But thinking "We rarely had three forwards become NHLers in one single draft before, so it's not likely to happen in this one", while completely ignoring the fact that unlike in those other drafts, we actually drafted 7 forwards this time... It means absolutely nothing. They have as big a chance to pan out as if we picked 3 forwards, 3 d-men and 2 goalies. Odds are that about 3 or 4 of them play in the NHL at some point, all positions included, if we look at Timmins' history.

You also conveniently ignored Lehkkonen, to single out Crisp for some reason, which suggests you're once again following through with your little agenda. Wanting superior skills is one thing; fact is, late in the 1st round, or in the subsequent rounds, there's no player out there available who are supposed to become "superior". Valentin Zykov SCREAMS Andrei Kostitsyn. We don't need more Andrei Kostitsyn. We need more Alex Galchenyuk. And with some luck, a Gallagher here and there. Which is EXACTLY what we tried to pull off with the Andrighetto pick.

But it's unfair to expect superior talent when we're among the last ones to speak.

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