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01-06-2010, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by CannonGoBoom View Post
I like how you mention which guys were first rounders that we gave up like the guys we got back were trash.

If you are going to do that kind of thing you need to show both sides of the story...
Lupul was a 1st round pick (7th overall)
Eminger was a 1st round pick (12th overall which is much higher than the one we gave up)
Also Biron, Pronger, Smith and Gauthier were all 1st rounders.
The guys who I mentioned (Downie, Sbisa, Pitkanen ) were all young and still would be considered "prospects." The players you mentioned for the most part had moved past the 1st round pick status, and were established players. There is a difference IMO, and the main one is contract size and age.

Look at a team like Detroit. They continue to replenish through there own system. They have a few big contracts, though not HUGE (Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Lidstrom, Rafalski) but have a continuous supply of young talent. The same thing can even be mentioned with a team like New Jersey. Both have been good for quite a while do to being able to resupply.

We are going to have a tough time resupplying in the near future. We had a few very good prospects (Giroux, JvR, Sbisa) who are now on our team or traded. We have a few more lesser guys on the way. But after that, we have nobody. We need to continue to stock up on young talent. We have failed in this regard recently.

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