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06-17-2009, 11:58 AM
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LyricalLyricist
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We clearly have some prospect depth, some quality character guys coming up. The reason for our lack of elite prospects is, #1, if they were known as elite, they wouldn't reach 20th. Some players are steals, but you only know after the develop, like markov or whatever. If they are known as superstars at earlier than 19-20 years old...they'd be drafted top 10. #2 is montreal takes a certain criteria, they go after 'BPA' but BPA can mean anything depending on the person's POV. For us, we get safe picks with good attitudes. They want players who can handle the media, have good character and so on. Maybe in the later rounds, the grabovski's or whatever, but watch interviews of mcdonagh, fischer and so on, these look like young men, not kids.

Maybe once we stock the prospect pool they will tell timmins to change criteria "Depth is no longer an issue, go for home-run/miss players, we can afford the risk" and that's it. These guys have jobs, directions and obligations to do. We can sit and talk about why we have no elite talent but looking back, we had almost nothing. They were prob instructed to build a foundation, a youth movement rather than a superstar search(it's not easy to find one). Internal competition for jobs, young players on the roster and so on are keys to building success under the salary cap era.

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