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05-24-2010, 01:04 AM
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LGJackets- If you need an elite centerman right away you trade or sign a free agent. By the time any center, other than maybe Seguin, is likely to reach elite status the look of your club will probably have changed vastly. The draft very rarely serves immediate needs- it's about piling up assets. That being said, I like Johansen best among centers after Seguin. Burmistrov and Granlund both have elite potential too but both come with warnings attached (see original post).

Connolly- Even if in guaranteed full health I might hesitate with using a top 5 pick. I don't think there's been enough viewing of his development in the past year to make that leap. He was a top 5 as a 16 year old to be sure but so was MacFarland, and others in the past, who didn't develop as well during- or after- their draft years. That little question mark would make me hesitate on Connolly.

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