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11-05-2007, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Jay88 View Post
Yes, well thats is obvious. But why not fill a need if necessary. If they have a winger available then its a good idea to take him.

I underatand the point, but if there are positions that need filling they need to be addressed.
If there's a position that needs filling or an area that needs to be addressed, then the draft isn't the right place to do it. Fill the urgent needs through trades and UFAs, and use the draft to try and get the absolute best prospects possible.

The trouble is that very very few players are "NHL ready" straight away. If the Rangers do need a RW next summer, it's highly unlikely they'll be able to draft one instantly ready to play NHL.

Even looking further ahead, it's not realistic to say "a RW is needed for 2010" and then draft on that basis, because the roster is likely to change several times between now and then.

Sure, if there's a player ready to step right into a particular role, he should be taken - but that doesn't happen often, especially not after the first few picks.

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