Since there has been a little discussion between me and Bryan2112 lately about the Calvin De Haan pick, I wanted to see what you guys thought of it.
I think it's no secret that Garth severely overdrafted DeHaan and personally picked him out for our team with the #12 overall pick in the 2009 draft. The end of the year pre-draft mock drafts mostly had de haan projected as a top 4 puckmoving d-man with 2-way potential and nothing more(same as I), most projected being a late 1st round pick(20th-26th overall on most logical draft boards). But Garth drafting him this high must have thought differently or made a boo boo.
Some of the players ranked higher that DeHaan whom Garth passed on include the high-end d prospects by the names of Dmitry Kulikov, John Moore, and David Runblad. Then there is the predicted huge mean middle 6-top 6 RH power forward named Zach Kassian(likely gonna play at 6'3'' 220lbs), whom plays a very physical, high energy, playmaking with a heavy shot, board battling, mean, strong, and driving to the net type of game. Not to mention, Kassian is argued as on of the most feared fighters, toughest players, and hardest hitters in the ohl.
In hindsight, a-mac and hamonic didn't pan out yet, but there were higher ranked/touted d-man prospects out there, so it's a double-edged sword there.
So my question is, Do you think DeHaan was the best/right pick for the islanders at #12 overall in the 2009 draft?