Rumsfeld wrote:Kesler turned out to be a better player than Hodgson but was much less highly touted. Kess totally overachieved what scouts, media and fans thought he would turn out to be, which wasa third-line center. Hodgson was the top scorer at the most elite Junior tournament in the world and a 10th overall pick... his projection was a very good second-line center (which he is becoming).
I'd love to hear who you guys think were bigger blue-chippers than Hodgson and Cory.
I see Topper is still bitter that a player he insisted didn't have NHL-level talent is scoring at a PPG pace.
Okay, so what exactly are we talking about here? Who's a better player or who had more potential when they were drafted? Because Schneider wasn't even the top ranked American goalie available when he got drafted, and he was the 4th goalie drafted overall in 2004. His projection was questionable even after he started for the US at the WJHC. I wouldn't describe him as a "blue chip" prospect when he got drafted anymore then Kesler was.