Last edited by Stormy2213; February 6th, 2013 at 03:06 PM.
He hasnt proven he can stay in the NHL and make a impact and he isnt exactly lighting up the AHL either.
Im really not sure what you people think he was worth, don't forget this is supposed to be one of the best draft classes since 2003.
So is Brad Richardson's value > or < 5th?
He's been available for a fifth round pick for weeks with no takers. I'm not sure that it was Lombardi doing Lou a favor. Quite likely, it was the other way around.
A 5th rounder? I'm in shock actually.
But we did beat the Devils for the cup... so fine.
Never thought that Loktionov would be less valuable than Westgarth!
If you'd rather play him ahead of Stoll or Fraser, you obviously don't understand how the game is played now.
At BEST he's Cliff Ronning, and Ronning in his prime wouldn't beat out Kopitar or Richards, and doesn't have the PK or faceoff skills let alone the shot that Stoll has.
The goal of the draft is to draft better than 1 player each draft year that will eventually play a consistent role for your NHL club. That means picking the right talent, and THEN developing them.
Sure enough, he's our track record since 1995:
2005 - Kopitar, Quick
2006 - Bernier, Lewis
2007 - Simmonds, Martinez, King
2008 - Doughty, Voynov
2009 - Schenn, Clifford, Nolan
The jury is still out on the 2010 to 2012 draft classes, but we're at a clip of 2.4 per year at this stage.
at the draft party a couple of years ago, and under a considerable haze, i heard Birdman yell out the following (about 4 or 5 times, i think) - "don't marry yourselves to players!" he went on to reiterate that idea more than once on the boards, and i believe it to be absolutely sage.