1971 Amateur 1 1 Guy Lafleur R Quebec Remparts [QMJHL] 1127 560 793 1353 399
1971 Amateur 7 1 Chuck Arnason R Flin Flon Bombers [WCHL] 401 109 90 199 122
1971 Amateur 11 1 Murray Wilson F Ottawa 67's [OHA] 386 94 95 189 162
1971 Amateur 20 2 Larry Robinson D Kitchener Rangers [OHA] 1384 208 750 958 793
1971 Amateur 24 2 Michel DeGuise G Sorel Black Hawks [QMJHL]
1971 Amateur 25 2 Terry French Ottawa 67's [OHA]
1971 Amateur 31 3 Jim Cahoon C U. of North Dakota [NCAA]
1971 Amateur 45 4 Ed Sidebottom D Estevan Bruins [WCHL]
1971 Amateur 53 4 Greg Hubick D U. of Minnesota-Duluth [NCAA] 77 6 9 15 10
1971 Amateur 67 5 Mike Busniuk F U. of Denver [NCAA] 143 3 23 26 297
1971 Amateur 81 6 Ross Butler L Winnipeg Jets [WCHL]
1971 Amateur 95 7 Peter Sullivan F Oshawa Generals [OHA] 126 28 54 82
2 HOF with Flower and Big Bird. That's 2 franchise players.
+ 2 useful players in Arnason and Wilson.
Sullivan played some in the WHA before joining the Jets. And Businiuk had a couple of good years with the Flyers.
The '83-'84 draft were a big part of the '86 Champions
-Roy, Corson, Richer,Lemieux, Momesso
The '87 -89 draft were key in winning the cup in '93
-Schneider, Desjardins, LeClair, Brisebois
The 05-'07 draft will form the core of a Championship winner.
-Price, Latendresse, McDonagh, Pacioretty, Subban, Webber
You can add S. Kostitsyn, D'Agostini, Fischer, Maxwell and perhaps White, Carle, Fortier to that list.
Fischer isn,t doing much. Same for White ? Carle is broken. Fortier, we'll see...
none of that makes sense. You've probably only seen Fischer play once or twice, if at all. You don't know what type of player White is supposed to be if you say he's "not doing much". Your comment on Carle is worth a hefty facepalm. And you probably only brought up Fortier because he was in the news yesterday
Maybe, maybe not. Maybe all they need is more time period.
I don't think anyone would argue they are not legitimate NHL-level players. (Well, lots of people will argue, but not rationally.) What's often lost in the shuffle is that all of them are way ahead of the usual curve as NHLers for their age. Lats and Price especially. They're all NHL-quality players now, and still have several years of development ahead of them. Most of their draft class still are not NHL-quality players at this point.