What's Happened To O'Neill?

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  1. Canadian

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    What's up with Wes O'Neill, I'm surprised no one took a chance on him in the first three rounds today. I was hoping the Toronto Maple Leafs would draft him, but the Leafs went out and drafted a goalie. Anyone know the inside scoop on what's wrong with O'Neill, which has teams allowing him to fall past three rounds?
     
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    The only thing i've read as to why he's dropped this far is his mental game. He doesn't see the play develope all that well, makes mental mistakes, and just takes too much time to make plays on the ice.
     
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    I'm shocked..whoever steals him tomorrows found the Hudler of the 04 draft. I wish Washington had a 4th rounder..seeing as how they've taken a coulpe safe defensive picks they could take a shot on O'Neill with a 4th rounder. But I doubt they will..woulda took him with their 88th overall pick if they wanted him. Somebody is gonna get a hell of a prospect with a 4th round pick tomorrow..
     
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    Isles grabbed him, 115th overall in the 4th round
     
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    Yeah, I kept waiting for him to get drafted.

    I don't know if this really means anything, but he wasn't there today for day 2 of the Draft. I'm not sure if he was there for day 1 either, but I would have assumed he would be since he was expected to go in the first two rounds.
     
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    Who was the last guy that was tabbed for the first round that dropped quite a bit, Adam Colagiacomo?
     
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    Depends who you ask. TSN, in their infinite wisdom :lol , had Nathan Paetch of all people in the first round last year and he was picked in the seventh or something.
     
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    I'd also like to note that I checked for O'Neill in Bob McKenzie's Top 50 Prospects in this years draft and O'Neill wasn't included. Also Oscar Hedman fell back even further to the 5th Round.
     
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    Maybe his interviews didn't go well? Wes doesn't sound overly articulate.

    A little excerpt from the local paper, The Windsor Star. Two Spitfires NHL-bound

     
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    http://www.newyorkislanders.com/news/draft062704_oniell.html

    "There's huge upside to this kid," said Islanders' Midwest scout Brian Hunter. "Two years ago, he was a top pick in this draft and he's been highly-touted for a long time. He's a young kid for this draft, which will, down the road, work in his favor because it'll give him a chance to develop."

    "He'll need four years in college to develop," said Hunter. "He projects as a two-way defenseman who has the ability to do some things offensively and also be very capable in his defensive zone."

    "He's very raw and needs polish," said Hunter. "He needs time to grow into his body and continue to play at a high level."
     
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    Probably Daniel Fernholm. He was projected to go top 10 for a while, then fell because of injuries in the rankings, then all the way to the fourth round as well I believe. For a while, he, Anton Babchuk and Joni Pitkanen were all right there as big defencemen slated to go top 10.
     
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