Was this the right choice?
If Towes was drafted, how would he fit as a 3rd line center?
Part of me wonders if him being here would have allowed us to move Malkin and have a more self-lish, responsible level of play.
Toews should have been drafted over Staal but I don't see the need to rehash this pick over and over. Pens won the cup in 2009 and Staal played a pretty big role in that. Let's move on.
Also, what is self-lish? Why the need for a Malkin dig in here too? You have insulted Sid and Geno. Why not just be a Hawks fan.
I agree. If there was a re-do on the 2006 draft, STL at #1 takes Toews. The Pens missed on him, but it wasn't the worst miss of that draft, given how Erik Johnson never really got on track as expected.
The Pens got a guy who helped turn them into a playoff team in 2007 (which Toews wouldn't have done) and the Pens got a guy who was huge for them in winning a Cup.
It'd be a waste of time to have too much hindsight, all things considered.
I remember really like Staal and thinking he could be a Primeau type but that nasty edge wasn't there.
Toews was great for NDak but he was without question a top 2 center. He played wing during his time there and looked pretty bad IMO. At that time his skating looked really strange and I don't think he could even stop on his right foot.
Kessel is a player that I've always hated. His game has come around by leaps and bounds the past two years but "The American Crosby" still is a very good player not a great one.
Backstrom is a player that I thought fit the Pens. He's looked good playing wing and his passing and zone entry were/are outstanding. I actually think that if he played wing with Sid, he could have been downright Kurri-like.
Maybe not at #2 but I'm a big Frolik fan. I like his skill, speed, two way game and puck get. I would have loved to have seen the Pens pick him up for a 3rd or 4th last year and put him on a line with Malkin and Neal. IMO he would have looked a lot like Voracek.
I didn't want Toews. Now TOWES? That was who we should've picked, no contest.
Seriously though I still think Toews was the better pick but I don't know that it's quite a slam dunk with Toews kind of crapping out in these playoffs (and generally being kind of a pansy). The proof is in the pudding though so I think overall it's pretty clear cut. Just saying when their careers end there's still at least the "who knows" factor.
I have no doubt Toews would've done as well and probably better than Staal if given the same ice time Staal had from his rookie season on, with the exception of the 29 goals as an 18 year old. Toews can play regularly against first pairings as well and still produce, which Staal hasn't proven yet. Staal had Skinner on his wing this year and, because as I've always said Staal can't pass, didn't produce like a more well-rounded offensive center could have. His was also a -18 in a shortened season, a sign he might not be able to handle top 6 offensive duties while maintaining his defensive game.
I will be interested to see if Staal grows into that role this coming year. Until then Toews all the way for me.
Toews, Backstrom, and Kessel are all better than Staal so...no.
The pick worked out fine though since we won a cup and Staal was a big part of it. But we undoubtedly would have been a better team with any of the other three as they are all superior players to Staal.
We got Letang in the third or whatever in 05 so it all balances out.
I wonder how we would have looked with Toewes.
Perhaps we could have gotten actual value for the second pick and have kept Towes, moved Malkin, and been a more focused, balanced team instead of a selfish uncoachable crew.