Re: Boris Valabik
posted at 2/19/2011 6:25 PM EST
In Response to Re: Boris Valabik
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Boris Valabik : Yeah, he was so highly rated that he was taken 71st overall. Anyone who says they expected this sort of production from him is lucky or a liar.
Posted by Not-A-Shot[/QUOTE]
Lucky? Maybe. However, a lot of people who watched him play in juniors kind of expected this. I know a few people who, when he was drafted, said he would be the steal of the draft -- knocked down due to his size, but a very smart and tenacious player. I always had hope for the kid because of these reports and now those people are looking pretty smart.
Just because you and several others on this board weren't impressed with him in limited minutes last year (Seguin, anyone?), doesn't mean this was a fluke. As mentioned earlier, he was selected to the Canadian junior team twice and played a significant role the second time he was there.
Obviously second round picks are risky, and a significant portion of the risk associated with Marchand was his size, but there were a lot of people who felt Marchand would be a good player at this level. There are many stories of players with a little bit of risk getting knocked into the second round and this turns out was probably one of them (Lucic, Krejci, Bergeron, Subban, Ryan O'Reiley in Colorado, who knows, maybe Jared Knight?).