Re: Rookie Camp
posted at 9/3/2013 10:01 PM EDT
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
"...to find a diamond in the coal pile."
I guess you have to exclude Hunwick because he was picked before Chiarelli's time, and Bodnarchuk and Button because they were junior players. But over the course of a few years, Chiarelli moved to acquire Kampfer, Penner, Cody Wild and Colby Cohen (both really too big for this list), Bartkowski (taller, but still under 200), Warsofsky, and Krug. 7 NCAA D acquired, none drafted, and more than half fit in Chara's pocket. Only two top 200lbs. All were more known for their offensive games before being acquired.
Then you look at the draft: since 2007, Chiarelli has drafted Cross, Goulet, Trotman, O'Gara, GrizzleChick, Benning, and Sherman as defenseman in or headed to college. He's drafted 4 Euro defensemen in Reul, Ostracil, Chudinov, and Arnesson. He's drafted precisely 2 defenseman out of major junior hockey - the primary feeder system for the NHL. One is Ryan Button, the other Hamilton. Now, it's beating the dead horse that is Chiarelli's draft record if I point out that not one of those guys has made the NHL other than #9 overall Hamilton. So Junior is 1/2, everyone else zilch. But I'll add that the two D he made minor league trades for who played like horses in the Cup runs - Boychuk and McQuaid - are former Junior players.
So yeah, Krug may just be that diamond, and maybe, just maybe, Bartkowski is another one or even a valuable trade chip. But that doesn't minimize the frustration of watching them glut themselves on small defensemen with "PMD" skills. Take a midol, Peter, and go back to finding D prospects who will excel in the Bruins' structure.
Are you not entertained?!?!
Oh boy -- I really almost didn't post that one-liner because if this ^. I heard Bookboy footsteps while I was typing.
I know, I know. And actually, your response contains the general analysis I was considering. The Hunwick/Kampfer/Warsofsky/Grzelcyk model has definitely been over drafted in recent years. But there has been so little succes with other regions (not a PC pick, but Lashoff deserves a place in this discussion too) that it seems like odd timing to knock the NCAA guys when Krug an Bartkowski seemed poised to make the roster. Not failing, is succeeding, when the bar is so low.
I actually wonder if there is a league wide preference for Canadian junior D-men, to such an extent that PC sees better value at draft position X by going elsewhere. He can't possibly be adverse to big, skilled western league D-men - everyone wants that. I think the well gets diluted pretty quickly there though and PC has chosen to avoid the race to the the auction floor in favor of possibly less-hyped players in other leagues. Has that worked? Not really, but things seem to be looking up a little...