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I think it's fair to say right now at this time, Nichushkin development is ahead of Horvat's.
Of course because Nichushkin is in the NHL and Horvat is not.
For all we know Nichushkin's play could degress the next few years cause he was rushed in the NHL and he could be the next Gilbert Brule...
Hell we could've rushed Horvat into the NHL, give him top line minutes like Nichushkin and see how he develops (LOL like that exists in Canucksland), but letting him develop in the OHL seems to be the right move.
It's hard to compare two players who play completely different games . It's like comparing Patrice Bergeron (Horvat) and Rick Nash (Nichushkin). Only time will tell who has a better overall career.
I think it's fair to say that any team would take a big skilled center over a top 4 dman that wasn't slated to be the next Pronger/Niedermayer. Bourdon was no doubt skilled and judging by the way he progressed (injuries aside), he looked to be a can't miss. His play at the WJHC was sublime. That said, just because a prospect died doesn't mean that you can't discuss the organization's choice of position when drafting.
What do you guys think Bourdon would have projected to be?
Top pairing 2 way D?
He looked a lot like his best friend Letang, but reversed. Where Letang was better offensively, Bourdon was more reliable in his own end. I would've guessed him to slot into the top 4, probably second pairing 2-way dman. I would've hoped he'd become better than Bieksa.
Anze could've solidified the Canucks down the middle. He could've even moved Kesler onto the wing. But of course this was before Ryan Kesler was asked to produce more offensively. For all we know, if Anze was drafted Kesler might've been a true shutdown perennial Selke-type player. behind a second-line centered by Kopitar. We could've saved all that newspaper print on the Canucks needing a 3rd/4th line center.
- AV got out coach after game 2. AV was Julien's assistant back in the days.
- Luongo pumped TT tires; TT plays lights out
- Rome hit on Horton was the awakening of the Bruins
- Luongo's mentality after pumping TT's tires and the awakening of the Bruins being blown out
- Injured line up - Hamhuis, Raymond, Sammuelsson,
- Canucks knew they werent gonna win before puck drop during game 7, you can see on their faces (Gave up?)
What if we are planning to unload our aging stars to tank for McDavid next year. Will the NHL approve? The Canucks is one of the top revenue generating franchise in the league and we don't have a star/franchise player.