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02-10-2008, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by HABitual Fan View Post
I think it stands out where the real problem area is, and also how we are still a few years away from really becoming contenders. We are seeing the results of improved drafting in the lower categories, but we see the glaring problem with current pro scouting and poor drafting before Andre Savard came in, with the upper ones...

It comes down to finding better players in the over 30 area or having the patience to wait for the younger homegrown players to reach 30 which based on their ages is about 4-5 years away and given early UFA will be difficult to hang onto all of them that long.
Good post. Totally agree with these comments. The reason we had to claim Begin off waivers, and sign a guy like Kostopoulos, is that we have no real depth in that age category. Koivu is the only guy on this team over the age of 30 who we drafted, and he was drafted during the Savard regime.

The only players on this team drafted in the Houle era are Markov and Ryder. No question Markov was an absolute steal, but every one gets lucky now and then, and Houle got lucky.

2 guys from, what, about 7 years of drafting? And at a time, when drafts were 9 rounds? There are 3 players on this team from the 2005 draft alone, Price, Latendresse and S. Kost.

Andrei Kostitsyn, Maxim Lapierre, Ryan O'Byrne, and Jaroslav Halak were all taken in the '03 draft. That's seven players in 2 drafts an awesome haul.

We'll start to be really good again when McDonaugh, Pacioretty our in our under-23 group, and guys like Pleks, Higgs, the Kost. brothers and Komi are our veteran leaders. We're getting there but I'll be looking forward to the day when we don't have to sign guys like Kostopoulos, Smoke and Breezer for veteran help because we'll have our own veterans.

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