You never know what you're getting. Drafting is a difficult game, if you look down every draft, there are players literally every team passes on that end up major NHL players.
It's why I absolutely hate when kids get drafted and within a couple months they're being slotted or being dissected in their current role. Everyone outside of those major skilled guys need a few years to develop properly, of course you want the guy who'll be best player and able to step in on shorter notice.
Wahl is done with this organization. He wasn't invited to devlopment camp and Feaster has implied that Wahl had a poor attitude.
He was the 'sexy pick' at the time (in terms of being sliding late first round talent), but it's a shame because Derek Stepan and Travis Hamonic were drafted just three and five picks after this guy. Also a shame from that draft, the two picks following Greg Nemiz were Tyler Ennis and John Carlson. Even more disappointing is picking Lance Bouma only to have Adam Henrique go four picks later (and they should have seen a ton of Henrique from watching Nemisz).
I know, I know, hindsight is 20/20, but T.J. Brodie is the only redeeming point of that draft.
I'm really excited about the way the Flames are drafting. We have a few "gems" in our pool now....
(Baertschi, Janko, Gaudreau, Seiloff, etc.)
Can't wait for the 2013 Draft... Looks like a great one.
Question: If there was a lock-out this year, how does the NHL determine who selects where? Does last seasons standings come into play? example: Edmonton finished 30th, so they get 30ballots?
I'm sure they'd do a weighted lottery system like they did the last time a season was lost (2005 draft).
Teams were assigned 1 to 3 balls based on their playoff appearances and first overall draft picks from the past three years. According to the draft order, the selection worked its way up to 30 as usual; then instead of repeating the order as in past years, the draft "snaked" back down to the team with the first pick. Therefore the team with the first pick overall would not pick again until the 60th pick. The team with the 30th pick would also get the 31st pick. The new CBA reduced the draft to seven rounds in length, compared to nine rounds in years past.
Which would mean that the franchise in the worst financial position (Phoenix?) would wind up with the first overall pick... /tinfoilhat