2005 Draft… What If?

No, this is not a what if we got Sidney Crosby thread.  Although I do remember gathering around a coworkers computer that day and being very excited every time another teams name got announced for the next draft position. 

Here’s what I want to really consider, what if the Canucks made a different draft choice with our #10 overall pick. 

#10 – Luc Bourdon – VAN
#11 – Anze Kopitar – LAK
#12 – Marc Staal – NYR
#13 – Marek Zagrapan – BUF

Let’s work backwards through this list.

Marek Zagrapan
Dobber Hockey (revered by many in the fantasy hockey circles) has Zagrapan rated as the 23rd highest prospect from the top 200.  23rd.  Dobber does his prospect rankings based on a players ability to contribute to fantasy hockey pools, so goals and assists are what really matter here.

Are you surprised to see that Buffalo picked him at #13.  Likely not, they likely knew exactly what they were getting.  Another offensive player that will replace some of their older guys (see J.P. Dumont this year) who start costing them too much.

Zagrapan is in his first pro season with the Rochester Americans and has yet to make an impact.  Obviously time will tell, but with such great skills, and Buffalo’s tremendous drafting record, you know that you’ll see him soon in the NHL.

Marc Staal
Staal is the Ranger’s #1 ranked prospect according to Hockey’s Future.  He’s a big strong kid and will definitely has the tools to develop into a star in the NHL. 

He will become a #1 or #2 defenseman in the NHL.  He’s in his last year in the OHL, so the only question is when, not if.

Anze Kopitar
One pick after Bourdon, LA picks up Anze Kopitar.  For those of you who think that Malkin has all but sealed up the Calder Trophy this year, have another look.

Kopitar is making a serious impact in his first pro season and first season in the NHL, jumping directly from Junior to the big league.  Consider this, Malkin has played in 22 games, having 12-13-25 playing along side Sid the Kid.  Which is fantastic.  Kopitar has played in 29 games, going 6-18-24 with no superstar along side him.  He’d basically doing it by himself.

To put this in perspective, Kopitar could have been a Vancouver Canuck, if he was he would be tied with Henrik for the team lead in points. 

That kinda hurts.

Luc Bourdon
I’m not saying we should be disappointed in having Bourdon, but when you consider the fact the team could have had a player that is already having an impact in the NHL, it makes you think.

Why doesn’t the team have skilled forwards coming up through the draft?

What if they drafted Anze Kopitar and not Luc Bourdon.  Would we even be concerned about the teams inability to score, or about their ability to get into a playoff position.

The Chief Canuck

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One Comment on “2005 Draft… What If?”


  1. These What If? questions could tear you apart. Just so you know, though, I was asking these questions when the Penquins lost the lottery for Ovechkin (before drafting Crosby). We now know Malkin is the real deal.

    If you look at baseball, I can go absolutely nuts thinking about What Ifs and the Pittsburgh Pirates.


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