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08-04-2010, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by panthersflames1 View Post
Why are we questioning whether the number 3 draft pick will make the team or not. Kulikov got right in at 14.
Kulikov outplayed other players to win that spot. That situation was also slightly different because there was a chance he could go to the KHL if he was unhappy.

Draft position doesn't automatically mean a player is or isn't going to play in the NHL his first year. O'Reilly played last year as an early 2nd round pick, while there have been 1st overall picks that haven't played in the NHL their first season.

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