by Ron Spence
When it came to Sedins bashing, I was near the head of the line.
I didn’t like the way that they: kept falling down; let rivals face wash them; took up ice time which they didn’t deserve, with their quality of play [at the time]; kept cycling and never shot the puck; weren’t sent to the minors when they should have been, etc.
I was wrong.
The Canucks have done some questionable things during their franchise’s history, but at the top of their “good things” list are: Brian Burke’s wheeling and dealing, so that he could draft the twins as a pair; and the team’s nurturing of the boys, through their steep NHL learning curve.
They have become very good players – although, they still have a ways to go.
What makes their success, however, even more tasty to Canucks’ fans, is comparing their careers – to date – with the others from their draft year.
The majority from the top 15 have been a bust.
The only three players – besides the Sedins – to remain in the league are Mike Milbury’s three picks.
Glen Sather had two, but his are in the AHL and Europe.
Data Courtesy of Hockeydb.com – September, 2008