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03-17-2004, 07:56 AM
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I think that right now...

Originally Posted by in the hall
we certainly have depth but no big stud... which always seems to be the case...
we have three players who could eventually be studs - Jessiman, Tyutin and Umberger. This upcoming draft is important. The #1 pick HAS to be a big time player. And, if Sather/Maloney can find a way to move up a grab another top ten pick, then the work done last week will be all the more impressive. I like how much depth was added to the organization. They added four centers - Umberger, Immonen, Betts and Helminen - three RWers - Balej, Moore and Kozak - and four d-men - Kondratiev, Rachunek, Grenier and Liffiton. The only area which they didn't upgrade enough IMO was LW - only Giroux, who according to Baby Sens fans looks like a keeper. The Rangers do have Murray, Dawes and Jonasen. But, add a stud like Ovechkin (if we are lucky), and the depth at LW looks even better. AFAIC, this team needs three stud players - a #1 center, a#1 LW, and a big time d-man prospect who falls into the Blake/Stevens mold. And, if Sather and Company do their jobs properly over the next two drafts, we could see those positions filled.

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