General Predators Talk Part III
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07-03-2013, 09:39 AM
Join Date: May 2002
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So is this the summer when we lose 1 or possibly 2 of our first round picks to irrelevancy? If Blum walks and Ellis gets moved to allow him a fresh start, amazingly, the only 1st round picks in our history still having a meaningful impact on our team are Legwand and Wilson and maybe Watson as another grinder.
All the others either didn't pan out, went to other teams, or were never picked because we traded our pick. In the 8 drafts prior to this year, we only found ONE player in the first round worth a damn (Wilson). That's god awful.
However, we have found an 8th round superstar goalie Rinne, top pairing defenseman in the 2nd round in Josi, another valuable goalie in the 7th round in Lindback, a 30 goal scorer in the 7th round in Hornqvist, a really good high energy guy with offensive potential in the 5th round in Bourque, top line prospect in the 3rd round in Beck, Craig Smith in the 4th round, Cody Franson in the 3rd round, Ekholm in the 4th round, Hellberg in the 2nd round, Aberg in the 2nd round Leipsic in the 4th round, etc.
You also fail to mention in those 8 draft years we didn't even have a first round pick in 3 of those drafts.
Funny, NHL.com did a redraft of the 2008 draft's first round. We had 3 players in the top round in their draft, Josi, Wilson and Lindback.
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