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06-05-2008, 03:51 PM
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Location: Jersey City, NJ
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True, but this assumes that a team is drafting well. Aside from possibly Dubinsky in the future, no impact forwards have hit MSG ice in forever. Staal is the only defenseman who would qualify as an impact player and of course, Lundqvist. Those results are a disgrace.
If you want to tell me that they will in the future you might be right. More likely, your views on these players will turn out to be overly optimistic. Not a criticism of you, everyone thinks their prospects will excel even though the vast majority don't.
The Finals should have taught everyone here a lesson that the Rangers current personnel is light years behind Detroit and Pitt, and Pitt figures to be improved next season so it could be a while until the Rangers are contending for anything meaningful.
OK and how many teams in the last 5 years have drafted an impact forward who was not taken in the top 5?
Not the Isles, Bruins,Wild, Nucks, Stars, Lightning, Canes, Maple Leafs, Sabres, Oilers, Blue Jackets and a few more. Outside of Philly with Carter and Richards, Devils with Parise, and Kings with Brown most GM's have fared worse then the Rangers. The Caps, Pens, Hawks, Coyotes of the world have drafted so high for so many years that a monkey could have made those picks!!! In the last two seasons the Rangers have brought in 7 kids who have played significant minutes. Who has done better.
If the Rangers had had 3 or 4 seasons of top 5 picks like Pitt and fared like they did this season then you might have an argument. Pitt is a horrible example. They had 3 picks first overall in 5 seasons. Not even Mad Mike could have screwed that up!!!
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