Thread: Speculation: Trade coming soon?
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07-02-2010, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by 5H4RK5 View Post
Kept our top 6
Marleau Thornton Heatley
Clowe Pavs Seto

Boyle Vlasic
Murray Demers

I would say that is a damn good foundation. Problem is with all the other problems DW possesses we lack depth. If he spent wisely we could have been stacked.
Marleau
Clowe
Murray

Heatley was
Cheechoo
Michalek

Ehrhoff

Thornton was
Primeau
Sturm
Stuart

Boyle was
Carle
Wishart
1st

With the exception of Primeau and Wishart the rest were/are all Lombardi guys. Yes the 2003 draft was the first with Wilson at the helm. He was probably working off Lombardi's scouting reports. The results (as varied as they are) speak for themselves.

Vlasic
Setoguchi
Demers

He hit a home run (so far) with Vlasic. An under 20 who can come in and solidify the top 4 should have been icing on the cake, not the flour.
Setoguchi has shown flashes of brilliance in his two seasons but as with the 2003 draft, there are plenty of players around him enjoying greater success.
Demers hasn't proven anything yet. He's been a great surprise so far, has a long way to go, and has the drive to do it. He's definitely more shaky than Vlasic but for a 7th rounder, he is a nice surprise.

So, before he is anointed a great foundation builder, it's important to look at how that current 'foundation' has come to be. He's shipped out a lot of assets and made many gambles, few of which have worked. It's evident that neither he, nor his scouting staff have historically been the best at judging talent, especially in the early rounds. It can be argued that what he has is largely still a product of Lombardi's players.

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