And don't get me wrong, I really wish Timmins is gonna prove me wrong again, I really do. But a week after the draft, this is how I feel.]]>
I think the Canadiens did a pretty good job adding depth to our defense. Fischer and McDonagh both look like solid first round picks, and I'm pretty huge on Mathieu Carle. Don't know much about Ryan O'Byrne, but I've heard really good things about him. I just don't think we needed that many defensemen.
In my opinion, Pacioretty, as I said before, will probably become a pretty good checking forward, and solid third line player. I can see him doing a good job eventually playing alongside Chipchura. Now I don't hate the kid…I just don't think he's the type of guy you wanna spend a first round pick on. I think he brings to the table something that we could have had in the second or third round. Plus, and I know this is dumb (but it's often the case)…he just has one of those names that you have a feeling will never reach the NHL.
So basically, the selection of Pacioretty does address our need to increase size upfront, but not on our top-two lines in my opinion, which is what we need.
And I'm pretty aware that thos ploayers are 2-3 years away from reaching the NHL. But we gotta start somewhere, we gotta start sometime. And I think Esposito falling down was a golden opportunity for the Habs, and they didn't take it. We'll see in a couple of years if this will be another "Chouinard over Gagné".]]>