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03-13-2005, 05:08 PM
Ziggy Stardust
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Originally Posted by DeathFromAbove
Oh, and when it comes to Steckel, even a blind squirrel...

No one doubts that he has some skill (or why would he have been drafted int he first place unless some skill was seen in him). He might turn into a servicable 4th line NHLer one day. Not that great when it comes to a 1st round pick (and for those who say it was a weak draft, should have traded the pick for something in the next draft, even if something just in the 2nd round or 2nd round +). But right now, the likelihood of Steckel having a significant redeemable impact in the NHL is not outweighing the value of a 2nd round pick that the Kings would get for not signing him (presuming that rule is still around for the next draft).
You aren't guaranteed anything with that 2nd round pick (assuming the Kings are rewarded one and are unable to come to terms with Steckel).
On the other hand, Steckel already has had a few years of development under his belt and is still progressing in Manchester (and has a bit of a scoring streak as he scored yet another goal today). He may be able to step in to play a role within the next few seasons. As for that compensatory pick... it could wind up being in the late 2nd round, and it could be another long wait for a prospect to develop from that pick... or that pick may never turn out, so it's a wild guess.
I actually believe the Kings may have the better option in getting Steckel under contract, leaving him in Manchester for another season or so and see how he progresses as his responsibilities increase. Some players on the Monarchs will be moving up next season, and Steckel may end up with increased ice time which will be valuable for his development, especially at a high level of competition like the AHL. The Kings have already invested a lot of time in him, it would be a waste to just throw it away all of a sudden. It would be nice for some anonymous scout to chime in with their opinion on this subject.

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