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11-23-2004, 04:04 PM
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PanthersRule96
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Originally Posted by Beukeboom Fan
I'm sure it's a complete coincedence the player you prefer is the one your team selected.

The Hawks took the best player available, which is the smart play. If Barker develops as expected, he could be traded for a proven offensive player. I am glad the Hawks took the lowest risk player (IMO) in the bunch because they don't have the luxury or gambling on relatively more of a long shot prospect.
No, if you look and see the predicted picks before the draft that I did, I though the hawks would get Olesz or Tukonen depending on when it was that I did them. I really really did want FLA to get Olesz but I was so sure that he wouldn't drop. That's why I was shocked on draft day. I though the top 4 would be:

Ovechkin
Malkin
Olesz
Barker

But the other Scenario was:
Ovechkin
Malkin
Tukonen
Barker
Olesz
. That's why I'm so glad FLA got Olesz. Believe me, I'm so glad CHI didn't take him. I've always been very high on him. Had Olesz ended up with the CBJ's or CAR, etc... I would've typed the same thing. He was IMO right up there with Malkn and Ovechkin when you look past his injuries.

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