Hindsight it's a weak draft, but going in people thought it was gonna be strong.
I remember most of the media saying it was basically either Stephan or Brendl being the #1 pick, since the Sedins were only good as a duo and nobody assumed they were gonna be drafted by the same team.
Taylor Pyatt was drafted to be a power forward, except he didn't turn out to be one most of the time. Most players in that role requires them to play with a chip on their shoulder, eg. Bertuzzi, Lucic, Evander Kane, etc. Once in a while you do see glimpses of him playing with intensity and stuff... but it's rare. Still, he's a good 3rd liner who can play top-6 when needed.
Tim Connolly and Martin Havlat, probably as good as one of the Sedins, a PPG player.... whenever he actually plays. Injury prone, but a very good player still.
Steve McCarthy was drafted as an offensive defenseman. PPG in the WHL, which is kinda rare. Usually being Captain of the Canadian Junior team usually means you're gonna be bound for a good NHL career. Still decent offensively in the NHL level, but from remember a bit with him in the Canucks, he is a bit weak on defense.
Maxime Ouellet, very good stats in the Q (considering it's a high scoring league). Very good AHL stats as well. Never really got a chance to play in the NHL because the Capitals had Olaf Kolzig in net. A member of Vancouver's goalie graveyard.
Ari Ahonen.... much like Ouellet, wouldn't have had a chance to play in the NHL regularly, since Martin Brodeur will be the starter. Moved back to Europe to play.
Patrik Stefan, we all know he was draft #1, missed an open net which led to the tying goal and now he's not even playing hockey anymore. The fact is that he suffered TWO concussions prior to being drafted, suffer back injuries during his play in the NHL.... but even then, his stats were better than the Sedins at the time. Maybe if he wasn't playing in Atlanta, he probably be a decent 2nd liner in the NHL.
For Pavel Brendl, I'm not too sure about his story. Great WHL stats.... 2 PPG... so it was obvious he'll be drafted early. As a young player, he did get 22 pts in 78 games in the NHL... and he's now a PPG player in the KHL (kinda hard to do). The skill is there, maybe his heart isn't? (like Alexander Daigle)
Edited by FeStealth, 25 January 2011 - 11:25 PM.
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RIP Luc Bourdon
WellwoodSMASH, on 25 September 2010 - 10:35 PM, said:
Thats the way it is now. IF you're rich you go to the game. If you are middle class you watch in hd, if you are lower class you watch in sd. If you are broke azz you listen to the radio.
Rogue Nuck, on 27 October 2010 - 11:14 PM, said:
Samuelsson to AV: He can go **** himself!