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09-22-2013, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Gnashville View Post
I thought he had 2 years under his belt that year my bad
He had three professional years in North America when the Preds selected Pickard. Two NHL games in 05-06, none in 06-07 (off season injury related), and one game in relief during 07-08. He was viewed as the goalie of the future, but was far from an all world NHL star.

Where I see the issue is that the Preds allowed themselves to see the #1 ranked NA goalie on the board and went for him thinking he was a sure fire pick. Unfortunately, he never developed past a pretty good junior hockey goalie. Shiny object fixation is dangerous.

After the 2008 draft, the Preds took a pause then started restocking the pipeline again in 2011. Four goalies selected in the past three drafts ... luckily none in the first round.

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