Any time you look back at a draft there will always be a few head shakers. Of course there will be busts at the top of the draft, but it’s the missed opportunities that tend to haunt GM’s and fans alike.
Like Patrick Roy being selected 51st in 1984, Luce Robitaille 171st that same year, or Jamie Benn going 129th in 2007. The what could have Benn’s (nailed it) are never ending.
The problem is this isn’t only an Entry Draft problem. Take it first hand from a former Expansion Draft GM.
Buffalo had protected Grant Fuhr and left exposed a goalie they’d picked up in a trade with Chicago—this guy that nobody had seen much or liked. That was Dominik Hasek. So, I like to think that we did a good job with Guy (Hebert) and other things that we did. Did we miss one? Sure. But you can’t look back and say, ‘What if?’ -Jack Ferreira, Inaugural GM for both the Sharks and Ducks
Odds are heavily against George McPhee making a mistake at least somewhat similar to that one by Ferreira. The fact of the matter is there will be over 1,000 players available to McPhee, and he only gets to select 30, and probably keep only 20-25 of them.
And to think, three days later McPhee has to participate in the ultimate crap shoot, the Entry Draft.
One time when I was playing poker at the Venetian. An older gentleman sat down next to me and put a wooden box on the table in front of him. Me being an idiot, I said, “Hey buddy, what’s that box?” He said, “It’s a magical luck box, I got it when I was a kid, and it’s brought me good luck ever since.” Needless to say, that dude took all the money I had in my pocket that day. The moral of the story though, in order to avoid these draft debacles, George McPhee needs to find that guy, and steal the lucky box.
It’s really the only guaranteed way to be safe.