Great post. Didn’t know that about Hawks.NHLTIM wrote: ↑Mon May 25, 2020 10:52 amIf you remember that draft year...Johnson rose through the draft rankings rapidly. Scouts became enamored with his size and skill and couldn’t help themselves.Dread_Pirate_Westley wrote: ↑Mon May 25, 2020 8:38 amYou say "everyone knew that" and yet none of those guys were the first player nor the first forward off the board.
The way it went down there should have been at least a red flag or two especially when a guy like Kessel had been the best player in North America from the age of 15 or so. Even with the Blues...how do you pass on Toews? You knew he was a great player and a center. It was a mistake for sure...I know every scout would have taken Johnson 1st overall but sometimes you have to find the red flags and they were there....they were just covered up by all the size and skill drool.
I believe the Blackhawks were the only team that didn’t have Johnson ranked #1 overall and they got there guy with the 3rd