2006 Draft

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  1. WarriorOfGandhi

    WarriorOfGandhi Was saying Boo-urns

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    I tried raising this question in the main forum, but (perhaps unsurprisingly) it turned into a trolling/prospect-overhyping fest. I figured I'd bring it here to see if I could get some intelligent discussion out of the more august posters on HF.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Gobo

    Gobo Stop looking Gare

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    Oilers picks were good for defenseman. Both Petry and Peckham will be/are NHL'ers and Petry looks to be a top-4 defenseman.
     
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    drafts go in cycles as the next 2 drafts are top heavy with Dmen.

    It looks like another dozen or so Dmen might have some type of career from 06 but yes it could very well be the weakest class for Dmen in quite some time.
     
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    2006 was pretty bad for defenders, but 1999 was worse.

    Branislav Mezei was the highest-drafted defender, Barrett Jackman is the best defender from that draft.

    Only 4 defenders from 1999 went on to solid NHL careers (Jackman, Leopold, Boynton - who was a re-entry - and Doug Murray), as well was two older Euros in Frank Kaberle and Nicklas Havelid, who'd both been draft-eligible for years. Ugly, ugly group.
     
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    2005 was also a great year for defencemen. Canada built back-to-back WJC champions on their 87-born defencemen, and while some of those 87s haven't panned out like we thought they would (Parent and Russell), and we lost Bourdon, you're still looking at Staal, Franson and Letang for Canada, and J. Johnson for the U.S.

    Entering the 2006 draft, we knew it would be top-heavy on forwards. E. Johnson was the top pick for a lot of scouts. The No. 2 defenceman was Ty Wishart. Not exactly J. Johnson and Marc Staal. Bobby Sanguenetti and Ivan Vishnievsky have yet to see his offence translate to the NHL. They have the ability to contribute offensively, but they might be guys who will have to look beyond the NHL if they want to be offensive defencemen. David Fischer and Dennis Persson have yet to play in the show. Erik Johnson and Matt Cornette are the only first round blue-liners from the 06 Draft who have exercised their rookie eligibility.

    Drafts can be a funny thing. Sometimes they're strong. Sometimes they're weak. And sometimes they're loaded at one position. There were lots of fine young forwards to be had in 06. And it looks like it could be a really strong draft for goalies. But teams that were gunning for defencemen in 06 were disappointed.
     
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    Also, 2008 seems to make up for the deficit of quality defensemen from 2006: Doughty, Pietrangelo, Bogosian, Schenn, Myers, Teubert, Karlsson, Sbisa, Del Zotto, Carlson, Hamonic, Voynov, Demers, etc. al
     

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