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03-08-2012, 10:35 AM
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Vancouver Canucks have little to show from 2007 draft

On a rare occasion, an entire draft class can be a bust. Arguably that is the case with the crop of players chosen by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2007 NHL entry draft.

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Nonis

Although it wasn't really the strongest of drafts

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Freaking dreadful draft. Just truly awful. Nonis might hold the distinction of having both one of the best Canuck draft classes (2004) and one of the worst (2007) during his tenure.

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Patrick White was a hilariously bad pick, and we all knew it.

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Nonis

Although it wasn't really the strongest of drafts
It wasn't but even if you went with the HFboards consensus picks at the time, we would've ended up with some quality NHLers.

Not Patrick freaking White... but good on Gillis for dealing him for Ehrhoff and Ellington for Pahlsson

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It wasn't but even if you went with the HFboards consensus picks at the time, we would've ended up with some quality NHLers.

Not Patrick freaking White... but good on Gillis for dealing him for Ehrhoff and Ellington for Pahlsson
HAHAHA nice. fixing mistakes and getting a good piece back that is more important to the team NOW than 3-5 years from now.

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It's true, we ALL knew it. I remember coming back from my hockey game thinking "oh sweet, they must have got Berglund or Perron or Sweatt or someone decent from what was left on the board."

Nope. A ****ing kid out of high school hockey that didn't even dominate.

I think the Ellington pick was far, far worse considering who was taken after. At least we got Ehrhoff out of White.

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Imagine where we'd be if we drafted Perron and Subban instead of White and Ellington.

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Pathetic draft to be sure, but outside of the first round, no one really hit anything after us either. The Patrick White pick was ridiculous even at the time (majority of posters here I remember wanted Perron. He went next... No one has understood this pick at the time or any time after... Not sure what Nonis saw...

Even around Ellington though you have to go to Subban at 43 (10 spots later) to find a decent pick...

Just a lame duck draft.

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I think the Ellington pick was far, far worse considering who was taken after. At least we got Ehrhoff out of White.
You mean Josh Godfrey or Tommy Cross?

Ellington was rated 39 in NA at the draft and seen as a 'safe' pick. Subban wasn't picked until 10 spots later (43) and was a bit behind the development curve. If teams knew he'd fill out like he has (he was considered too soft for the NHL while playing in the OHL), he'd have been a high pick. Montreal just made a really nice pick and Ellington never developed as he looked like he might.

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Trying to figure out what happened to Oscar Moller...who is now playing in the SEL?

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You mean Josh Godfrey or Tommy Cross?

Ellington was rated 39 in NA at the draft and seen as a 'safe' pick. Subban wasn't picked until 10 spots later (43) and was a bit behind the development curve. If teams knew he'd fill out like he has (he was considered too soft for the NHL while playing in the OHL), he'd have been a high pick. Montreal just made a really nice pick and Ellington never developed as he looked like he might.
We were all pissed about Moller.

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I'll always remember when they picked White, that the guys on TSN hadn't the foggiest idea of who he was.

"...or, you could pick Patrick White!"

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what if van had pk subban and david perron? lineup would be pretty good. these guys would still be on their rookie contracts.

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I remember that draft.. Totally thought we were picking Perron then they pick Patrick White? My first reaction was, "who?" hahah

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It could be worse... we could have the Leafs draft record.

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I'll always remember when they picked White, that the guys on TSN hadn't the foggiest idea of who he was.

"...or, you could pick Patrick White!"
I remember facepalming a bit considering the rumours of us moving in to the 2 spot to draft Turris.

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03-08-2012, 03:15 PM
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Not a single player is even AHL caliber, what a disgrace. Maybe Matson is the last chance?

Horrible draft, but I think that Gillis has done a good job of compensating for it by signing Sweatt, Tanev, and Lack who are '88 and '89 born players.


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Horrible draft, but I think that Gillis has done a good job of compensating for it by signing Sweatt, Tanev, and Lack who are '88 and '89 born players.
I agree with this. I'd like to think that Tanev is our Doughty. Both December '89s.

Just pretend that we scored Tanev with a first-round draft pick in 2008 and Lack with a first-rounder in 2006. Feels pretty good, doesn't it?

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Just pretend that we scored Tanev with a first-round draft pick in 2008 and Lack with a first-rounder in 2006. Feels pretty good, doesn't it?
Dave Nonis: beaten at the draft by a guy who didn't actually participate in it.

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It could be worse... we could have the Leafs draft record.
Well, in the 2007 draft the Leafs selected Carl Gunnarsson and Matt Frattin. Not too bad.

I would even say that from 2000 to 2007 the Leafs drafted just as good/bad as the Canucks for the most part.


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You mean Josh Godfrey or Tommy Cross?

Ellington was rated 39 in NA at the draft and seen as a 'safe' pick. Subban wasn't picked until 10 spots later (43) and was a bit behind the development curve. If teams knew he'd fill out like he has (he was considered too soft for the NHL while playing in the OHL), he'd have been a high pick. Montreal just made a really nice pick and Ellington never developed as he looked like he might.
Safe as in zero upside. IMHO, you don't draft players with that little in the way of potential (don't care if every single player drafted after him that year was a bust) at that point in the draft.

Even a solid defensive defenseman like Willie Mitchell had decent offensive skills *before* he was drafted. Ellington never had that ability. As a later round pick, sure I'd take him; but not as an fairly early 2nd round selection.

A "Ron Delorme special"....

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Wasn't his reasoning for taking white was that another team said they were going to?

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Wasn't his reasoning for taking white was that another team said they were going to?
Yeah I believe it was Ottawa, who eventually selected fellow Minnesotan Jim O'Brien.

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Yeah I believe it was Ottawa, who eventually selected fellow Minnesotan Jim O'Brien.
high quality drafting there.

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