Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out reports Kyle Chipchura moving to Anaheim for a 4th round pick. The second young Hab to be moved in the last two weeks, the former 1st round pick has mostly been a disappointment in the NHL.
Drafted from the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL in 2004, the Canadiens saw him as a rugged western Canadian player with offensive upside. This upside, similar to Benoit Pouliot never translated to the NHL or even the AHL level. The 23-year-old has zero points in his 18 games, leading fans to feel he is not even the third line center they hoped he could be.
Perhaps being reunited with former captain Saku Koivu gets this kid going. The once promising top-prospect will now have to work even harder just to stay in the league. Is it too early to call the kid a first-round bust? I would say five years is enough of an indicator.
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