: Prospect Info:
Round 3, Pick #72: Tyrell Goulbourne, Forward, Kelowna (WHL)
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07-02-2013, 08:10 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Montreal, QC
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Yeah I'm not really defending the player or the pick really. Like I said in previous posts, I would have preferred someone else. But a big part of that is because I have never heard of Goulbourne or many of the other players that were taken in the same time period. I just don't understand how people can be so upset about something that they really know very little about. You want to say you wanted someone else? Fine. I'm right there with you. But don't act like you know more than these guys because someone else said it was a bad pick.
The Flyers saw something in him. What that was I have no idea. But I highly doubt that the Flyers were at the draft saying "this guy will be there in the 7th and he will never make the nhl, but lets draft him in the third anyway!" Which really is what has to have happened according to some, unless you are telling me that you know more than their scouts even though you have barely seen this kid play (if at all) and barely seen the similar draft picks in the third round play (if at all).
Sorry, the guys who get paid to choose whom to pick don't get a free pass because that's their job and they therefore must be better at it than our collective here. Goulbourne is a ridiculous waste of a 3rd rounder, and there is plenty of evidence that the kid has little to nothing noteworthy in terms of actual hockey skills.
As for crawling in to the heads of the Flyers cognizanti to figure out why they would go so far off-board for a thug, I'm coming up with very little that boosts my impression of their aforementioned professional ability to make wise use of this asset (the pick). Maybe in the many gabfests with MacTavish, he double-dog dared Holmgren to take a goon with the silliest name. Maybe they were so thrilled with getting one right in Hägg that they high-fived and back-patted for too long to actually come up with a strategy for the 3rd round. Maybe they forgot they had a pick in the 3rd round. Maybe Holmgren was so pleased at the temper tantrums Rinaldo caused through the league that he just had to stir the pot again.
Because 3rd rounders can actually be valuable, as some have demonstrated, so either a) look for someone with upside in a hockey skill with which your org can work, b) fill an organizational need or c) trade the pick away and reduce the opportunity for others to chuckle at you.
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