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5th round, 128th overall: Leafs select Eric Knodel

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09-11-2009, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by shanYeWest View Post
One bad 5th round pick and everyone is going wild. Let it go, so he picked a 6'6 player who can't skate. Oh well.
Its not even like a pick can be called a bad pick until it doesn't pan out and as a fifth rounder there's certainly no harm taking a wild swing... looking at the rookie tournament Knodel wouldn't have to do much to be a standout.

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09-12-2009, 11:19 AM
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Just wait

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09-12-2009, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Goldie View Post
Just wait and see. In the long run he will pan out and you will be wearing his jersey. By the way, what's the deal with Retired # 5 for the Leafs?
#5 belonged to Bill Barilko. Barilko was a young defenseman for the Leafs who scored a spectacular overtime goal to win the 1951 Stanley Cup over the hated Canadiens. (It was the Leafs' 4th cup in 5 years... probably the greatest era in Leafs' history.) Barilko then went on a fishing trip in Northern Ontario with a friend. Their small plane disappeared and wasn't found until 1962 when the Leafs next won the Cup.

That 11 year gap was considered a very long time in those days. Little did they know!

At any rate, Barilko's number was retired and has never been used since. There is a song "50 Mission Cap," by the Tragically Hip, about the story.

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