The guy that I called out made 30-40 posts straight up bashing the pick, while admitting that he basically hadn't watched Brodin at all. It was way over the top. By bringing it up again, it should remind everyone to not be so extremely judgmental, without having more then stats and a few scouting reports. It's stupid. That is my point, and my only point.
I think it's perfectly legitimate bringing up posts of people bashing the pick.....it shows that in some cases patience is the best course of action. Plus, if you don't know enough about something or someone, instead of hating on it because you don't know it, you should maybe get more educated about the topic before formulating an opinion on such topic. It's a great time to teach some a lesson.
But I definitely wouldn't have been disappointed with Hamilton or Couturier. Good picks by you.
I should probably look at the Brodin thread just in case, so I'm not repeating myself here but at the draft, my brother and I were sitting by two Oilers fans (father/son). Right before the Wild drafted, I was saying "I don't really know who else, I'd want to pick at this point, but I hope we don't pick Ryan Murphy." The father said "Oh, come on, man! I think he's going to be the steal of the draft. You should be praying they select him." I won't post the whole conversation here (or what I can remember from it) but I was saying that I don't want to use that high of a pick on a 5'10" offensive defenseman.
Two other draft tidbits:
Right before the Burns trade was announced, I remember my brother and I were walking around the X. We just sat down and were talking to married couple (husband was a Red Wings fan and wife was a Sharks fan). So we're sitting down eating some pizza, and they announced the trade. She freaked out because she was a huge Boyle fan (and I'll admit, I didn't know anything about Coyle beforehand so when Bettman announced it, that's who I thought he said too) and her husband couldn't stop laughing.
As we entered the X, two guys around our age were chatting with us as we walked in. Strangely enough, one was an Avalance fan (who went on a huge rant about how he hates his GM for tradding Liles! If I remember right, didn't that happen like hours before the draft?) and the other was the Blues fan. I remember asking them "So, what do you think of the EJ/Shattenkirk trade?" and the Av's fan was like "Man, I don't want to talk about it."
Alright, I'm done with the nostalgia. As you can tell, I loved the draft experience. If they really give every team the chance to host, I'll be in my 50's next time we get the chance again.
Nate and Dan can swear by my reaction to the Brodin pick...
...but let me quote myself...
I think some of you guys need to geek out a little bit more with XM Home Ice or at least like their page on Facebook to get some of the audio re-caps.
Brodin was rumored to be on the board for New Jersey at 4 (if AL was gone). According to one of the New Jersey beat writers, Brodin was sky rocketing up the charts of a lot of teams. Bob McKenzie had him sky rocketing up the charts as well, saying that if NJ didn't take him at 4 if Larson was gone, he wouldn't last passed 10 to 15.
There was also a lot of talk about who he projected more like. Larson was never compared to Lidstrom, Brodin has been. Larson was compared directly to Hedman who was compared to Edler if I'm not mistaken.
There was something different about him at the combine, I think, which caused a lot of teams to take notice. Something was mentioned about his post exertion test scores being the highest or among the highest, of the entire combine? Not sure. I'm tired and I will have to try to look it up tomorrow...
Which is why fans probably shouldn't put too much stock on the pundit's previews or mock drafts.
to be completely fair I would think a lot of them would focus on players they've heard "buzz" around from their sources with teams around the league. Brodin may have just been one of those guys out of the spotlight on purpose. he was playing in europe so he could fly under the radar moreso than NA skaters at least. i'm positive the Wild wanted him from the outset but didn't broadcast that anywhere or let it slip.
if nothing else he's more accurate than anyone else on the blueline so far.
his shot isn't bad at all
Getting it on net, and providing an opportunity for tips and rebounds is absolutely very important, as we saw the other night. The Hawks defense started to collapse toward their crease on his shot, which created the room for Mikko to take the rebound and skate to the side of the net and score.
I'm really not too worried about his shot, as long as he's willing to take it. It'll get stronger over time as he beefs up a bit. It's serviceable --but he's no Keith Carney yet.
Had to go back and look at my original posts. Thankfully, they were very neutral and themed along the lines of "let's wait and see". Now, if I had posted my original reaction, I'd be eating a boatload of crow right now. Proof right there that you just need to take some deep breaths and have a few beers before you jump off any bridges.