I wonder if a GM has ever been directly fired for draft day duds. An owner seeing bad selections, and deciding, ok, that is the straw that broke the camel's back. But picks take so long to develop, an owner would have to hear the experts laughing at the selection, and blow a fuse.
My pet peev was always drafting a tiny player, from my old school DNA when the league was much more physical. I hated the Bourque pick. Still do actually. But am willing to eat crow - I didn't like the MP pick, but only because he was small. I don't think I realized at the time, it was only a 6th rounder. A lowly 6th, get over it. That may be one of his better picks actually, and he had a good year.
I think the worst an owner would do wrt a bad draft pick (or set of picks) is chew the GM out and force him to reassess the scouting system. Either tell him to spend more on it, or get different people in place etc. The lead times are probably too long for ownership to care much about the nuts and bolts of it all, I'd think.
Unless he was consistently going against his scouts and failing, or was consistently working off of certain biases that were just too hard to overlook (GMGM might be there with Finns, but that's not a large enough group that it would be considered a serious issue even if it's an actual thing).
Dalton Thrower's supposed to have a pretty nice edge to him, right? Could he possibly be available at 54?
Yeah, doubtful. Mitch Moroz could be a PF project option there. I like some of the more skilled energy types there like Kosmachuk, Winther, Marcantuoni, Smith or McGinn. All forwards that play a high energy game that could translate fairly well in a bottom six role provided continued strength/sense development with the potential for more.
Trading down from 16 to the 20's and adding a top ~50 pick wouldn't be a bad idea, esp. if at 16 there's no perceived clear-cut standout.
Amateur hour GM test, for when this thread gets bumped 5 years from now. For the record only, I want to see how I do, not to stir a debate. Its easy to say you want a G* or *ba. It's harder to pick who of all the great prospects in the top 10 or 20 will not pan out.