Getting better at the draft table

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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4 Responses

  1. stucky says:

    i think you’re being a bit tough on the drafts of 2006-2008. although it certainly doesn’t look like too much will develop from those years, sometimes the mid-round players can take a number of years to develop. taylor ellington is a good example: although he’s a bit old now, he’s had a strong statistical improvement in his last season of junior.

    while i doubt he’ll make the nhl, there’s always the possibility of him being a late-bloomer. i consider the 2008 crowd too young to judge, and 2006 may yet reveal three NHLers: grabner, shirokov, and rahimi (although rahimi is a long-shot). plus, simek from that same year helped us earn tangible assets o’brien and ouellet.

    so all in all, the last three years shouldn’t be judged for awhile yet.

  2. stucky says:

    i think you’re being a bit tough on the drafts of 2006-2008. although it certainly doesn’t look like too much will develop from those years, sometimes the mid-round players can take a number of years to develop. taylor ellington is a good example: although he’s a bit old now, he’s had a strong statistical improvement in his last season of junior.

    while i doubt he’ll make the nhl, there’s always the possibility of him being a late-bloomer. i consider the 2008 crowd too young to judge, and 2006 may yet reveal three NHLers: grabner, shirokov, and rahimi (although rahimi is a long-shot). plus, simek from that same year helped us earn tangible assets o’brien and ouellet.

    so all in all, the last three years shouldn’t be judged for awhile yet.

  3. You’re totally correct. When I first started writing the post, I quickly realized that I hadn’t given these guys enough time.

    I do have hope that some of these guys will pull through. Besides Hodgson, Grabner and Sauve, I hope at the very least that Shirokov, Ellington and Rahimi also develop into capable NHL role players.

  4. You’re totally correct. When I first started writing the post, I quickly realized that I hadn’t given these guys enough time.

    I do have hope that some of these guys will pull through. Besides Hodgson, Grabner and Sauve, I hope at the very least that Shirokov, Ellington and Rahimi also develop into capable NHL role players.

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