Jonathan Aitken

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  1. Behn Wilson

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    Jonathan Aitken has played surprisingly well for the Blackhawks this season and already has a couple of TKOs under his belt. He is up here due to injuries and we have had up to 5 of our top 7 dmen out with injuries and currently have 4 (McCarthy, Karpovtsev, Poapst & Quint) out injured. But he has played well enough to be potentially earn on of our 6 dmen slots next year. He is one tough SOB.
    The Bruins may have goven up on him little too early.

    But Damn is he a slow skater. How the Hell did this guy get drafted 8th???
     
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    its too bad he's an UFA after this season. he skates about as quickly as I do, but he cetainly is tough, and i'd welcome him back as our #6/#7
     
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    Does anyone remember when AItken was drafted, what was thought of him at the time. Was he considered a good pick or a bad, etc and what was his upside?

    Thanks.
     
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    He was drafted in 1997 7 - 8th overall(can't remember) ....Crappy thing is, we could of got Derek Morris
     
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    it was the 1996 draft, and he was taken 8th overall. just about everyone got hosed in that draft, which was one of the worst i can ever remember. to wit- lance ward went 10th overall that year, and i think alex volchkov was 4th or 5th overall :eek:
     
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    it was the last pick of the wesley to the whale for 3first rounders...and the least painful. samsonov and mcclaran was bad enough.
     
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    I knew when he was drafted. My question was for those who followed the draft back then what was thought of Aitken. I know it was a week draft overall but I find it strange that a player that skates as slow as him could go eight.

    Was he considered a reach by the Bruins or was he thought to have a pretty good upside?
     
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    He was certainly considered a reach at the time but for whatever reason the Bruins were enamored with his size.
     
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    Thanks. Brad Brown also went high, I think 16 and is a similar player. Brown is probaly a little better skater though.
     
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    He was considered a project, that's for sure. I watched him a lot in junior (he was a teammate of Burke Henry as well) and the Bruins hoped he would develop into a big, tough, two-way knuckledragger. His skating wasn't bad at the time, it's just that it is still at the same level now that it was 6 or 7 years ago. He was a monster out there some nights, and frustrating others; my big knock on him was always "all the tools but no tool box".
     
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