I didn't like the Fugere, Meidl, or Moir picks to begin with. The picks after that were actually quite good. Santorelli - excellent pick there, Rinne - obviously the best pick for us in the draft, Kulyash could be a no. 5/6 in the NHL right now....its too bad we can't get him over to NA, Niskala is a 7/8th defenseman....not a bad pick for his position, Schaffer was a long term developmental defenseman that almost panned out. I am very pleased with the bottom half of the draft, hated the middle picks, and I loved the first pick. Its too bad Radulov is immature and has an idiot for an agent.
I don't think so. If you look back at most drafts, if you get 2 good players out of it, it's considered a success. Especially if the draft picks are impact players (Radulov, Rinne), 3 or more, it's a monster draft.
Russia issue aside, I think it was a successful draft. THe only draft we've had that beats it out is the 2003 draft, IMO. Even that draft has only yeilded two impact players so far.
2003- Suter, Weber, (Klein, Sulzer- yet to be proven)
2002- Only Upshall
2001- Hamhuis, Tootoo
2000- Only Harntell
1999- Erat, Hall, (Hutchison- fringe)
1998- Legwand, Skrastins, (Arkhipov)