Re: The Hamilton Question
posted at 1/24/2013 10:17 AM EST
In response to Chowdahkid-'s comment:
In response to BadHabitude's comment:
"Chiarelli's record of picking outside of the top 10 so far isn't anything to write home about."
And then there are 2 responses about the Stanley Cup roster & winning the cup.
These 2 responses do not address draft picks.
I have heard PC say that a team feels there is competition for their jobs they play better because there is competition from below. So drafting well is important even if you have a Stanley Cup lineup.
They do if people want to know why these picks haven't been promoted to the Bruins. The Bruins, considered as a top 3 team in the NHL by many, have little room to promote from within.
One of the points I made somewhere (probably in a TL:DR) is that most of the Bruins' 1st-3rd rounders in the Chiarelli era haven't even seemed to push for roster spots. Hamill was never a really productive scorer in the AHL. Colborne's AHL numbers haven't been much different than Hamill's, and Caron's have been worse - and yes, he's the one guy who has made a real case for NHL employment. Cross and Button have barely been able to crack the Providence lineup let alone star, and Hutchinson has been trumped by Svedberg. So, while there haven't been many opportunities, there have been some (beating out Pouliot, Bourque or Johnson), and the only guy who has come anywhere close to sticking around to compete for ice time was Spooner last year. He may be the exception in all of this, but it's very early.
Point being that opportunity seems like a much smaller part of the equation given the lack of success they've had.