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12-14-2013, 01:48 PM
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I said it at the time too, but Pitlick should've never made the jump to the AHL when he did. Another year in Medicine Hat would've been great for him IMO.

I liked Martindale quite a bit in his draft year and thought he should've turned pro when he did, but there were also a lot of young rookies in OKC and he ended up playing most of the year in the ECHL. That's not to say he was a victim of circumstance either. Sometimes guys just can't make the jump to pro hockey. Most of the highly ranked players available at that time of the draft have done just as poorly.

Stan Galiev - Has been splitting time between the AHL and ECHL since turning pro (most of it in the ECHL)

Justin Shugg - Same as Galiev

Danny Biega - Just turned pro this year, but the offense he was becoming known for in college is nowhere to be found.

Brock Beukeboom - Kinda fell off the map after his CHL days ended last year. Currently playing for the University of PEI.

Max Kitsyn - Went back to Russia where he struggled and is now doing the same in the AHL this year.

Jakub Culek - Having a decent ECHL season, but hasn't cracked the Sens AHL squad yet.

Matt Mackenzie - Bubble AHL/ECHL defenseman

In all honesty, Michael Bournival was one of the few players ranked in the late 2nd-early 3rd range who was both available at the time of the Martindale pick and has covered the bet so far. Jordan Weal and Teemu Pulkinen were both drafted much later, but ranked in the area at the time and are having great seasons with the Monarchs and Griffins respectively, but we already have undersized forwards tearing up the AHL who can't get a sniff at the NHL.

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