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07-10-2008, 10:12 AM
Dave Karp
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As mentioned, there are too many variables left out. The main thing in my opinion is Organizational Philosophy. At the trade deadline are they moving picks and prospects for guys to get them to the Cup? Are they signing older players during Free Agency or are they building within their system? Also drafting position is an obvious one. Number of draft picks in each draft, say having 10 draft picks in a strong year is much better than having 10 in a weak year. Trading away prospects to other teams is a factor as well, what if a player would've been stuck on the 4th line on the Wings but gets traded to a low feeder and ends up being successful? Is that because he also had the talent, or because he was given a chance and groomed into a role? There are too many different variables then to look at players drafted and points. I think most people in the hockey world would agree, however, that the Wings are the best drafting team and have been for awhile.

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