The difference between the Sharks' 2003 class and some of the other ones mentioned is that all four guys have star potential. Then there's Josh Hennessy, who I don't know too much about since he got traded, but Bell while maybe not having star potential is still a good NHL player and only 25 so he can still get better.
josh hennessy is doing really good in senators' farm system, and he is projected to make it NHL next year. I hope we didn't have to give him up but face it, he is a center and most likely he will stay with baby sharks for awhile..
On the subject of 2006 draft classes:
Detroit 2006-07 Stats:
2 41 F Cory Emmerton OHL 35GP 24 34 58PT
2 47 F Shawn Matthias OHL 47GP 27 20 47PT
2 62 F Dick Axelsson SWE-2 19GP 10 6 16PT
3 92 G Daniel Larsson SWE 21GP 2.53GAA .913SV%
6 182 F Jan Mursak OHL 43GP 18 42 60PT
7 191 F Nick Oslund USHL
7 212 D Logan Pyett WHL 49GP 10 32 42PT
They took Michalek over Ryan Suter when that wasn't a popular selection, althoug now it's a very popular one.
Really? The consensus, from what I can remember, is that Michalek was a step above the three defensemen. There may have been some grumblings from the Sharks fanbase because of Ryan's uncle, but I don't ever recall the scouts having any consistent opinion ranking Suter higher. I think RLR had Suter ahead, but I don't think that was the popular opinion by any stretch. I remember the feeling amongst Predators fans (based on scouting reports and Poile's comments) was that it was one of the three defensemen that would fall to us (Suter, Phaneuf, Coburn). Michalek getting drafted earlier was generally assumed.