There are a lot of people who don't see this pick for what it is...
Mallet (pronounced Mallette) has line 2-4 upside but one of the big attractions to him is his downside. There's a real good chance this kid plays AHL this year, meaning that he's one of the few draft eligibles worth signing right away.
He's the kind of guy that you can be a Burrows (upside), but that him making the NHL is very likely (because of his grit, versatility, and skating).
He doesn't necessarily have star upside, but your team gave up a 25% or so shot of getting an NHLer (who may or may not turn out better than Burrows) for a guy who should make your roster eventually in some capacity.
I don't really have a problem with this pick. Sure he may have been able to be picked in a later round, but the Canucks didn't have a 3rd or 4th and even then there is no guarantee some team wouldn't have drafted him with one of their own picks in those rounds. If they felt highly enough of him to take him at that spot then I'm willing to wait and see what he can accomplish when he hopefully turns pro next year.
I don't know the first thing about Mallet so we'll see how it goes here.
What I will say is that it's very surprising, after our Q scouts utterly blew out 2nd draft pick last year on a 20 y/o from the Q who wasn't even worth signing, that we'd go back to those scouts again this year and give them another kick at the can with a similar type of pick.
We'll be able to get a feel for this one pretty quickly, anyway. A guy taken where he was, at the age he is, should be expected to step into the top 9 forwards in Chicago straight away next year. If this doesn't happen, the pick is immediately very suspect.
For the record, both Tim Bozon and Damon Severson would IMO have been excellent picks at this point. Bozon has the speed/shot to be a top-6 NHL forward down the road, like him a lot. But I guess at least we're not Edmonton, who just took Mitch Moroz at #31 overall.
Never have been impressed with our Quebec scouting (either with this regime or the Nonis/Burke combo). About as awful as our great "Western Canada" scouts. I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt (as I know nothing about this player) but past history doesn't give me much to hope for....
I feel that Gaunce was a good "safe" pick (compared to others in the first round), mostly since some of the droppers like Maata and Forsberg didn't make it to us, and while Mallet seems a little risky, a physical, fighting winger that is capable, if not likely, to score, can still turn out well. I have to reserve judgement until at least I see him in tryouts.
I like adding some middleweight toughness to the organization. Looks like he can handle himself in front of the net as well. If he can develop into a gritty bottom six forward that protects his teammates and can move up the line-up when needed, it's a good pick.
Beyond the early pick and over-ager comparisons, seems to be a completely different player than Grenier - guy can really fight. Pt production seems more related to being promoted to the top line though.
The other connection between LY's and this year's pick is the very close relationship between rimouski and quebec city franchises - seems our Q scout spends a lot of time on that stretch of highway 20...
I really, really want him to turn pro right away so we can find out if this is redemption or incompetence.
If you're going to go off the board at least trade down and get another pick out of it
I love it when fans think they know the best. Of course Gillis may have contemplated moving down to draft someone they thought was a reach. However, none of us know that maybe the next few picks afterwards were going to pick Mallet.
If we knew for certain (like you seem to do) that Mallet would have been there at a 3rd, 4th, 5th round pick then yeah, Gillis is a ****** for not trying to trade down.
Otherwise, you guys can't judge the reason why he didn't trade down.
I still think this is a good pick. Time will tell.