Obviously in hind sight you can look at stats and see that Ethan Moreau or Mattias Ohlund who were picked right after Belak might have been better choices, but at the time it's hard to say how players will turn out. However, a forward who put up very few points in juniors and was clearly more of a tough guy based on his junior penalty minutes doesn't seem like the best choice to me. If I'm correct this was the season that the instigator rule was introduced (and even afterward you can argue for their necessity), so regardless of your view on fighting in hockey drafting an enforcer makes sense, but why in the first round? Why not aim for a more skilled player? Does anyone know in what round he was projected to go in? How did people react to this move, and were there reports that other teams had considered taking him in the first round? edit- Am I wrong in calling him an enforcer? I just realized I might be, and I didn't realize he was a defenseman.