Re: Dougie Hamilton
posted at 4/7/2012 2:30 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Dougie Hamilton
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Dougie Hamilton : Man...that Denis Reul pick really irks you to still be whining about it nearly 5 years later. The kid ended up playing 2 years in the Q and still plays professionally today for the Mannheim Eagles in Germany. Along the way, he also played for his country @ U-17, U-18 (2), U-20. The B's burned a 5th round pick (130th overall) on the guy, it didn't work out. Big deal. You have to go back to 1998 to find a Bruins 5th rounder that did anything in the league (Raycroft).
Posted by Crowls2424[/QUOTE]
I have no issue with burning picks. It is admittedly a gamble.
Reul was pick that was thrown away.
I do have issue with the Bruins drafting. And again, I'll go with the stats and history.
Best and worst picks of all time. I'd like to see some Bruins in there as best picks of all time;
And there's lots of web pages that analyzes NHL drafting talent, you won't find the Bruins at the top of those lists, I found one that rated the Bruins 7th.
It's the picks in the later rounds that turn out to be gold that can really help your organization.
Here are the Bruins scouting staff.
Look at their scout in Sweden, been there 21 years. How many Swedes have the Bruins ever drafted that amounted to anything? OK, you will name PJ, but other than him, who?
229 players from Sweden have played in the NHL.
266 players from Czech-land have played in the NHL.
Czech Bruins - Stumpel drafted, (Ruzicka acquired), some guy named Krejci, and Sobotka.
I haven't watched hockey in Europe. I know good players come from there and especially places like Finland and Sweden. And I know that not that many come out of Germany, matter of fact only 23 of them. And look at that list and you see a name like Walt Tkaczuk who's obviously a transplant like Ken Hodge who was born in England.