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05-08-2004, 04:45 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Good drafting, and good trading are not the same thing. Sather did indeed trade away some good young players. But that has to do with his comparitive evaluations of their worth compared to established NHL talent. While I agree that many of Sather's trades haven't worked out, I would support the statement that the Rangers DRAFTING has been as good as anyone's since Sather took over.
2000 - No 1st rounder, then Novak, Moore, and Lundqvist. Three legit NHL prospects without a pick in the top 50. (and Sather got rid of Novak while his value was still sky high and netted Bure. While Bure didn't work out, neither did Novak, who still hasn't cracked the Panthers 'elite' defense.)
2001 - As far as early returns go, this draft class is about as good as it gets. Blackburn, Tjutin, and Zidlicky are all NHL players with the upside to be stars (and the downside of being everyday NHL'ers). Murray and Lampman are already hanging out at the AHL/NHL border and should, at least, provide depth for the big club. Throw in the still developing Stals, and even the unfortunate injury prone Hollweg (once considered a major steal) and Sather an Co. absolutely hammered this draft class.
2002 - No first round pick again, and Falardeau looks like nothing. It was a weak draft year, but NY still managed to pick up Jonasen, Guenin, Taylor, and Prucha, all of whom at least have a shot at the NHL. Prucha in particular seems like he's going to get a shot next year, and I hear nothing but good things about the Giant Swede, Jonasen.
2003 - Too early to really tell.
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