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07-28-2014, 01:24 AM
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Gord Kluzak

He caused a stir when chosen by the bruins at 1st overall.

How good was he ?

I remember a stretch after he rehabbed some serious surgeries and he was absolutely a beast.

If he didn't keep blowing out his knees how could could he have been ?

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07-28-2014, 02:02 AM
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He caused a stir when chosen by the bruins at 1st overall.

How good was he ?

I remember a stretch after he rehabbed some serious surgeries and he was absolutely a beast.

If he didn't keep blowing out his knees how could could he have been ?
I think he could have been at least as good as Derian Hatcher, maybe even Rob Blake. Boston took him with the first pick in a year when Brian Bellows got ridiculous pre-draft hype. If not for the injuries the pick would have been justified.

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As far as I remember he was the highest rated player. The Bruins chose the guy they were supposed to.

Sometimes it just doesnt pan out.

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As far as I remember he was the highest rated player. The Bruins chose the guy they were supposed to.

Sometimes it just doesnt pan out.
Bellows was quite easily the highest-rated player for that draft and Kluzak was a huge surprise at #1 overall, perhaps the most surprising #1 overall pick of all time.

That said, he could have been great had his knees held up - some sort of Pronger/Hatcher hybrid. Would have been a 50+ point 6'4" defender with a mean streak.

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I think he could have been at least as good as Derian Hatcher, maybe even Rob Blake. Boston took him with the first pick in a year when Brian Bellows got ridiculous pre-draft hype. If not for the injuries the pick would have been justified.
Kluzak had a lot more offensive potential than Hatcher. Even with knees held together by duct tape and despite missing years of crucial development time, he was still scoring at a 45-ish point pace when healthy.

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07-28-2014, 05:14 AM
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According to hockeydraftcentral.com, the Hockey News ratings going into the draft were:

1 Bellows
2 Nylund
3 Kluzak
4 Yaremchuk
5 Scott Stevens
6 Paul Cyr
7 Rich Sutter
8 Jim Kyte
9 Ron Sutter
10 Phil Housley
11 R. Trottier
12 Michel Petit

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Weren't the Bruins compensated by the Stars for passing on Bellows?

I recall the B's wanted Kluzak anyways, but also managed to receive some type of compensation.

Kluzak may have had the chance to be the best player in the draft. Great size, a great fighter (which mattered a lot more back then, great wheels for a big man...I think he was starting to figure things out, but injuries really derailed his career.

In hindsight, he seemed to have a lot more potential than Nylund did.

It's odd how Nylund and Kluzak went a couple picks a part and were so similar in so many ways. Two big d-men, good skill, willingness (and ability) to play physical, good skaters, the knee problems...

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Kluzak is ranked #3, but he was already having knee issues in his final junior season.

There were reportedly significant concerns about his knee already; I wonder how much that played a factor in the draft rankings at the time???

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The Bruins received Brad Palmer from the Stars in return for passing on Bellows.

Not a lot to give up in hindsight, although at the time I'm sure it wasn't looked at that way.
Brad Palmer had a huge shot. The curve on his stick resembled a boomerang.

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According to hockeydraftcentral.com, the Hockey News ratings going into the draft were:

1 Bellows
2 Nylund
3 Kluzak
4 Yaremchuk
5 Scott Stevens
6 Paul Cyr
7 Rich Sutter
8 Jim Kyte
9 Ron Sutter
10 Phil Housley
11 R. Trottier
12 Michel Petit
Is that a simple typo, or was Rich really ranked higher than Ron Sutter. I seem to recall Ron clearly being the more skilled of the twins from the get go.

Some pretty good names on that list. Rocky Trottier being a big exception.

Rocky missed most of his draft year with a bad knee; He was selected by Devils Director of Player Personnel, Bert Marshall.
Marshall later admitted to never having seen the kid play a single game.

At least some of Rocky's problems seemed to stem from his knee injury.

That's kind of something we take for granted nowadays.

That's Kluzak, Nylund and Trottier, at the very least, who had their careers affected to varying degrees, by knee injuries.

How about Paul Cyr? He had a great start to his career, and after a 51 point season as a guy just hitting his prime, he was done.

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The Bruins received Brad Palmer from the Stars in return for passing on Bellows.

Not a lot to give up in hindsight, although at the time I'm sure it wasn't looked at that way.
Brad Palmer had a huge shot. The curve on his stick resembled a boomerang.
Bruins also received Dave Donnelly in the deal for the pride of Climax, Sask.

Consider Kluzak was only 23 in his final healthy season. He only played 13 games in parts of 3 different seasons after that. Another 12 years or so playing with Bourque, he may have been a HOFer if not for the knees.

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Is that a simple typo, or was Rich really ranked higher than Ron Sutter. I seem to recall Ron clearly being the more skilled of the twins from the get go.

Some pretty good names on that list. Rocky Trottier being a big exception.

Rocky missed most of his draft year with a bad knee; He was selected by Devils Director of Player Personnel, Bert Marshall.
Marshall later admitted to never having seen the kid play a single game.

At least some of Rocky's problems seemed to stem from his knee injury.

That's kind of something we take for granted nowadays.

That's Kluzak, Nylund and Trottier, at the very least, who had their careers affected to varying degrees, by knee injuries.

How about Paul Cyr? He had a great start to his career, and after a 51 point season as a guy just hitting his prime, he was done.
Yes it is a typo. My bad. Turns out Dave Andreychuk was ranked #7 overall. Ron was ranked as #6 WHL prospect and #9 in the NHL. Here is the link to Ron.
http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1982/82004.html
And to Rich. They only supplied Rich's WHL ranking,#7, not his overall ranking.
http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1982/82010.html


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07-29-2014, 03:58 PM
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According to hockeydraftcentral.com, the Hockey News ratings going into the draft were:

1 Bellows
2 Nylund
3 Kluzak
4 Yaremchuk
5 Scott Stevens
6 Paul Cyr
7 Rich Sutter
8 Jim Kyte
9 Ron Sutter
10 Phil Housley
11 R. Trottier
12 Michel Petit
big jim kyte. here's a dandy:


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How about Paul Cyr? He had a great start to his career, and after a 51 point season as a guy just hitting his prime, he was done.
Cyr was a good two-way player whose career was derailed after he was shot in a robbery while on vacation in the Caribbean in 1987 and then suffered an awful knee injury a year later that forced him to miss two full seasons.

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In hindsight, Bellows could have helped their forward depth tremendously in a time when Ray Bourque was outscoring every forward on the team but they could not have predicted Barry Pederson's ailment so young and drafting Bellows might have discouraged them from picking up another winger(Neely) and focus on getting another center when they still had Nifty playing well.

But in true hindsight, Scott Stevens, who went 5th overall, became what Kluzak was projected to become.

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Kluzak suffered one of his knee injuries here in Portland, Maine in a preseason game that I attended against New Jersey.

He was coming into the Devil's zone, tried to cut diagonally over the blue line when Dave Lewis really nailed him with a semi-low check. Kluzak crumbled immediately and you could tell that he wasn't in good shape.

I haven't heard Kluzak ever talk about that hit or if he thought it was dirty/marginal or not.

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For what it's worth, sounds like Scotty Bowman thought pretty highly of Kluzak...

"Someone had a brainstorm when he put Ray Bourque and Gord Kluzak together. That's the real key to the Bruins. Kluzak is the perfect partner for Bourque. He takes the pressure off Bourque. He can do things without worrying."

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