Sunday, March 02, 2008
What Could Have Been
I've always enjoyed breaking DR's balls over poor draft choices, and the worst looks to be 2005. After a ping pong drawing gave them the 4th overall pick the Wild selected Benoit Pouliot, a highly-regarded winger with a scoring touch. As we all know, Pouliot has been a big disappointment and no longer has any value in the trade market. I'd be shocked if he even made the team next season.
Who else could they have selected at 4? Here's a sampling:
5. Carey Price (G) -- the heir apparent to No. 33.
6. Gilbert Brule (F) -- also a bit of a disappointment, but still highly regarded.
8. Devin Setoguchi (F) -- great young player playing major minutes in SJ.
11. Anze Frickin' Kopitar (F) -- LA's best player, bar none.
18. Ryan Parent (D) -- great defensive prospect that will lead the Flyers for years.
28. Matt Niskanen (D) -- DR must have forgot to scout Northern MN hockey.
44. Paul Stastny (F) -- ok, the rest of the league missed this one too.
And I didn't even include Mark Staal, T.J. Oshie, Kris Letang or Mason Raymond. The 2005 draft may go down as the deepest in NHL history, but the Wild couldn't take advantage.