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07-09-2004, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by 7bucs
Eek, I don't know about the 5 draft picks. I know it is only 5 years, but that will set them back even farther for 3 or so years after that, as they won't have any top notch talent in the minors or pushing for positions in Ottawa.

Just for fun, take away the 5 first rounders for the last 5 years and try to fathom where they'd be without them...

'99 - Havlat
'00 - Volchenkov
'01 - Spezza
'02 - Klepis (which turned into Varada)
'03- Eaves

Would you trade those 5 guys for Thornton right now? Not only that, but your minor league affiliates will feel the brunt of that as well. There won't be much to develop...
No. They could have gotten Eaves, Havlat, and Volchenkov with high/mid 2nd round picks. All these picks were at the time considered to be "off the board". Klepis, who knows. All I'm saying is, the Sens can remain competive by trading other assets to acquire 1st, 2nd, 3rd round picks. The way they draft they always seem to pick up good players.

Spezza they would have got anyway since they picked up that pick in the trade for YUCKsin.

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