Major League Baseball drafts used to take place by conference call. Teams would have stacks of recipe cards with names on them and just zip through the list until all 12,000 players were selected. I’m sure computers have changed all of that by now but I’ve always felt that some of the most interesting tracking information in the game was on those recipe cards.
I would like to know what the gap was between Raymond, Wild and Bisaillon on draft day 2005, because the NHL teams embraced one and passed over the other two.
Here, let’s write it down and compare:
- CSB 2005: #122-Bisaillon, #123-Raymond, #134 Wild.
- 2005 Draft: #51-Raymond, undrafted Bisaillon and Wild.
Edmonton drafted Wild 140th overall the following season and invited Bisaillon to training camp a couple of months later (September 2006).
Since arriving in pro hockey Bisaillon has turned some heads. He can move the puck, has a big time shot and decent size. Bisaillon is also right handed which gives him a slight advantage on the depth chart. He does have coverage issues (experience is a factor, obviously) and he’s coming off a dreadful injury that ended his season very early this past year.
Bisaillon is likely to spend most of the season in the AHL, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him jump ahead of both Wild and Chorney on the organizational depth chart by season’s end. Bisaillon has no draft pedigree but that hasn’t mattered to the 2005 draft class in some time.