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06-09-2004, 03:44 AM
Vlad The Impaler
Join Date: Feb 2002
Originally Posted by
Burke's Evil Spirit
I thought this was pretty interesting...here is a list of all the assets Tampa Bay gave up to build the team that just won the Stanley Cup. It's an interesting breakdown, as it shows you just how dirt cheap a team like this can be...if you're smart enough
Free Agent Signings
Martin St. Louis
Traded Draft Picks
2nd round (31st overall) in 2001 - Matthew Spiller
7th round (198th overall) in 2001 - Ivan Kolozvary
1st round (4th overall) in 2002 - Joni Pitkanen
2nd round (34th overall) in 2002 - Tobias Stephen
2nd round (62nd overall) in 2003 - David Backes
5th round (162nd overall) in 2003 - Martin Tuma
3rd round (?? overall) in 2004 - TBA
4th round (?? overall) in 2004 - TBA
6th round (?? overall) in 2004 - TBA
Used Draft Picks
7th round (179th overall) in 1996 - Pavel Kubina
1st round (1st overall) in 1998 - Vincent Lecavalier
3rd round (64th overall) in 1998 - Brad Richards
3rd round (72th overall) in 1998 - Dmitry Afanasenkov
9th round (252nd overall) in 1998 - Martin Cibak
...so. The only noteworthy features of that list are three high first rounders (Vincent Lecavalier, Joni Pitkanen, Chris Gratton). No big-money FA signings or anything.
BES, this is very interesting stuff, but I'm curious: where was the break down? I mean, I think their very first draft they were going first and drafted Roman Hamrlik 1st overall. Why isn't he included? Is there a reason or is it just a mistake?
I would also qualify Svitov (5th overall) as a highly drafted player.
Other guys you did not include like Weimer (8th overall), Daymond Langkow (5th overall again certainly qualifies as a highly drafted player), Paul Mara (7th overall) and probably a few others.
They drafted top 10 an awful lot of times. I wouldn't remember the exact circumstances they parted with those guys so I do not know how each of them figures out in your analysis.
Note also that in the category "traded draft picks", I can think of at least one huge omission: in 1999 they traded the 4th overall, I believe. Or at least it was a top 4 pick.
Very interesting stuff but got me intrigued and now I am wondering how all the other assets figure out in the equation
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