Lagoon wrote:DefenceWinsChampionships wrote:I still think he has a lot to learn to be an effective NHLer but there's no denying his talent and his place as the #3 overall pick.
I still take Rossi, Raymond, Holtz and Lundell over him at 3 and nothing in their league play this year, Rossi excluded, has changed my mind, only solidified it. Stutzle is a star, they all will be, but the other 4 should have more impactful careers. We are years away.
Years away I agree but part of this is fan-base management. Can you imagine if Ottawa took Rossi 3rd overall and Detroit took Stutzle. There would be pandemonium. Stutzle was the right pick at the time and will continue to be the right pick going forward. The issue continues to be over the 5th overall pick which IMO was not used well. They should have taken another forward and they should have taken Peterka over Jarventie and arguably over Greig (don't know enough about him). We should have focused on a Luke Hughes or any of the 5 premier d-men available at next year's draft and focused on addressing our offense. I've made my opinion on this known for a long time and that won't change unless Sanderson is playing 25+ minutes a night on a Stanley cup winning team.