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06-22-2008, 09:56 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Miami, FL
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I'm fine with what Poile did for two reasons:
1) Wilson is what this team needs now and in the future. We need a strong, power-forward prospect. We need the leadership, the work-ethic, and the two-way game.
2) Poile finally did what we have been calling for him to do. MOVE UP and get the forward if you have to....make the board work for you rather than to wait and take the BPA if the forward you need is projected to go earlier.
Besides, I think the Islanders took a gamble hoping Wilson would fall to 9, and they lost. I don't believe Bailey was their target all along. For weeks, the pre-draft love and rumors all had them coveting Wilson.....
I could not agree with the second point more. Yeah, in our previous drafts, our first pick and the BPA might not have always lined up in a manner that fit our organizational needs. I think Poile "worked" the first round a little more by moving up for Wilson and moving down for Chet Atkins and trying to best align value, BPA, and our needs.
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