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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  • stucky

    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.

  • stucky

    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.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    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.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    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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