Re: Most Young Guns Too Raw For NHL
posted at 1/28/2013 11:00 PM EST
Got it in his last game of the season if I remember correctly.
He did dez. Question: The article mentions several high draft picks by the Isles who as their former assistant GM said were rushed into the lineup for financial reasons among other things. All except DiPietro and Branislav Mezei have gone on to play for no less than three teams:
Tim Connelly - NYI, Buff, Tor.
Eric Brewer - NYI, TB, Edm, Stl.
Raffi Torres - NYI, Edm, Cbj, Buff, Vcr, Phx.
Taylor Pyatt - NYI, Phx, Vcr, Buff
Branislaw Mezei - NYI, Fla. (D - 6-5, 236, 10th overall in '99)
Is it purely speculative to suggest these players might have gone on to more noteworthy and impactful careers had they had more development? What if they just were not the blue-chip prospects as initially hoped and projected by the Isles? Luongo hasn't done that badly.