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10-01-2003, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by JasonMacIsaac
Damnit, what was Lou thinking when protecting Cameron and leaving one of Bicek, Giroux and Clemmensen exposed.
not sure if this is the reason, but my feeling is that a lot of teams are trying to "sneak" some of these guys through by using the waiver draft. the thing is, it's easier to pass a guy through during the waiver draft than it is during the season. i'll use the bruins as my example- they left zdenek kutlak exposed, who by all accounts is having a very strong camp. he's young, relatively inexpensive and talented. if the b's decide to send kutlak down at some point, he'd have to clear waivers due to his experience level. so, by leaving him unprotected during this draft, i think they increase their odds of keeping him. if he gets picked, you took a chance and got burned. if not, you can shuttle him to the minors without incident. just my take on this...

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