Yes, it's more constructive to concentrate on the future, but it's unwise to ignore lessons from the past.SKYO wrote:Take a page from Tom Brady - don't worry about the past, concentrate on the future.Cornuck wrote:As much as I hate looking back, I will only consider one pick that we screwed up. If we had have selected Kopitar, our franchise would have its name on the Cup. Everything else seems like so much window dressing.
While it seems likely that the Canucks would have won the Cup by now had they selected Kopitar, I am unwilling to concede that draft was a screw-up. We'll never know how good Bourdon could have been -- maybe good enough to have also been a major contributor to a championship. That was just tragically bad luck.
In my opinion, the draft that cost them a Cup via screw-up (as opposed to tragedy) was 1990. I won't pretend that I knew who Jagr and Brodeur would become (and it has come to light since the Jagr might really not have been available had Vancouver selected him), but if Quinn had simply gone with the obvious choices in Primeau and Tkachuk (whom I did want), it seems likely that the Canucks win in '94.