Bowser wrote:After the Pens RIGHTLY traded away their 2008 first, second and third round picks to win now, they selected Nathan Moon late in the 4th Round... after that pick
These forwards have played 1 game in the NHL... I think I see a few NHL depth players in there.
Round Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts
5 148 NY Islanders Matt Martin L Sarnia Sting [OHL] 160 13 18 31
6 178 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo L Mississauga St. Michael's Majors [OHL] 69 2 7 9
5 127 Columbus Matt Calvert L Brandon Wheat Kings [WHL] 61 11 12 23
5 123 Los Angeles Andrei Loktionov C Yaroslavl Jrs. (Russia) 59 7 7 14
5 140 Colorado Mark Olver C Northern Michigan University [CCHA] 49 6 11 17
6 177 San Jose Tommy Wingels C Miami University (Ohio) [CCHA] 45 3 7 10
6 163 Edmonton Teemu Hartikainen L Kalpa Jrs. (Finland) 35 5 6 11
6 157 Columbus Cam Atkinson R Avon Old Farms H.S. (Conn.) 30 8 7 15
4 121 Detroit Gustav Nyquist L Malmo Jrs [Sweden] 19 1 6 7
6 169 Chicago Ben Smith R Boston College [H-East] 19 3 0 3
5 135 Columbus Tomas Kubalik R Plzen HC [Czech] 12 1 3 4
6 175 NY Islanders Justin DiBenedetto L Sarnia Sting [OHL] 8 0 1 1
7 204 Washington Stefan Della Rovere L Barrie Colts [OHL] 7 0 0 0
5 133 Edmonton Philippe Cornet L Rimouski Oceanic [QMJHL] 2 0 1 1
See, this is the part I don't really care for. I can't comment too far in depth because I don't have the travel receipts for the Penguins scouts in front of me. But some of these weren't happening...
Loktionov (who has demanded a trade out of LA, so if we want him, we can have him) was not being seen in the MHL, Teemu Hartikainen was not being seen in Finnish Jrs., Gustav Nyquist was not being seen in J20 SuperElit, we draft out of the Czech Republic still? No. Scratch off Kubalik.
Rinaldo is a slimeball, no one should have drafted him. Calvert was seen as the third wheel of a line that featured Brayden Schenn (top-10 pick) and Scott Glennie (top-10 pick) in Brandon, most scouts assumed he was just along for the ride (in actuality, it was Glennie). The three guys at the bottom blow...we were obviously looking for a homerun, those guys are a groundout to short...
Ben Smith was already 20 at this point, the Pens may have felt they would have lost 2 years of development there. He was on a line with Nathan Gerbe that year as I recall too, we thought he was probably just along for the ride (and in a way, he was, it's not like he's very good). Olver was a 20-year old freshman, so was Wingels. Cam Atkinson - is it really our M.O. to draft a 5'7" kid out of high school? He's very skilled, but that's who the Pens were gonna use their first pick on in the draft? That seems unlikely.
So that leaves Matt Martin, who didn't seem as naturally skilled as Moon, but they were both of the annoying variety. Moon was the only offensive player on his ragtag team, he had to carry the offense on a bad Kingston team. Martin played much of the year on a line with Justin DiBenedetto and Steven Stamkos - again, the 25 goals were thought to be coat tails in all likelihood.
Again, I agree that we're not that good of a drafting team, but posting a list of players that have had coffee in the NHL that were drafted after our 4th round pick isn't the reason why.