Far too early to call a "bust". And I don't blame Hextall for making the pick. I blame the organization for slotting him in at 2nd line center pretty much from the moment the lottery ball dropped.
Speaks to the "overvalue the players" mindset from where I sit.
He has played 107 games actually. Still, I think that's a fair assessment. I also think it's important to be reasonable in our view of him.
I think the challenge is that he was a 2nd overall pick, so it's natural for us to expect above average output in a shorter period of time than a typical NHL player. What is that timeframe though? One season? Two seasons? That's the tough part really.
What can we compare then? Well we can compare his rookie season with other 2nd overa
With our current team I see a bunch of mismatched pieces. I dont see one line that plays well together and has that element of knowing where your linemate is gonna be. I see no fluid passing or playmaking. Is it coaching or is it just that we dont have the right players.
@elmatus posted a great summary / analysis of comparable picks.
The one thing I would add in response to your questions is that, yes, he's only 20, but he was about as old as you can get in a qualifying year.
If he had been born 4 days earlier, he'd have been in the 2016 draft with Matthews and Laine.
From the 2016 draft year, of the 1st round picks who have played at least 40 games, here's their PPG breakdown.
Draft pos., Name, PPG
Hughes is another Giroux, look at the reports on Kakko and Podkolzin, we do not have any players like that at all. We desperately need players with a shoot first mentality who are fearless in front of the net. I’m tired of drafting two way centers and small guys. I’m all tired of guys that can skate great but constantly miss the net . We need a sniper. We can’t make a mistake in this draft, and get stuck with another Nolan Patrick .
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Ran about 20 simulations.... Hughes came up on the 1st try and then twice after. Kakko came up about 3-4 times as well.
Most common pick for the Flyers was (4th overall) Kirby Dach followed by (3rd overall) Dylan Cozens.
That kind of surprised me, but then I realized that there's a greater chance the Flyers pick outside of