Re: 2003 Draft Class - B's Fail 1st Round
posted at 8/20/2013 1:54 PM EDT
Well, we've beaten draft failings to death.
What I remember most from 2003 is the smug look on O'Connell's face when they announced the trade with San Jose that allowed the Sharks to draft Bernier and gave the Bruins an extra second rounder - high in the second round - just for moving down five picks. He looked like he was going to retire to the pub and wait for Mensa to call. I think I recall him saying that they had a bunch of guys on their board that they saw as basically equal, so why not get that extra pick in a deep draft? I guess when three of the four intervening picks are Parise, Getzlaf and Burns, that's why (Average Cap Hit for those three players today: $7.166M).
To make matters worse, they picked for need when they got there. Remember the 2002-03 Bruins? Thornton with 100+ points, Murray and Knuble with 44 and 30 goals, and Rolston with 27. Stumpel as a second line C. A glut of bottom six forwards from Axelsson and Lapointe to McInnis, Zamuner, and Grosek to a horde of wannabes like Hilbert, Huml, Goren, Vernarsky.... But on D? Retread Berard was the top scoring D. Nick Boynton the top all around D. Girard the top prospect on D. Gill and Sweeney and O'Donnell were the other NHL vets to round out the top six, but somehow Sean Brown got 69 games (some or most at 4th line forward if I remember correctly), and then it's laundry list: Kutlak, Kutainen, McGillis, Brennan, Morrisonn. Bad, bad defense.
Stuart hasn't been a bad player; he's just not as good as three of the four guys they passed on or Kesler, Mike Richards, or Perry who were chosen after him in the first round.
Now the Bruins will have the 6th and the 11th leading scorers from that entire draft on a line together (Bergeron at 6, Eriksson at 11).
Are you not entertained?!?!