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12-08-2010, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Lunatik View Post
except in 2003 we were seriously lacking depth on the blueline... remember in 2004 we had to play a rookie from the farm named Brennan Evans because he was our best defensive prospect to play a pro game... and in the previous 2 drafts we had taken Nystrom, Lombardi, Kobasew and Taratukhin up front... we only drafted 2 defensemen total in the 2001 and 2002 drafts... Sutter absolutely did the right thing at that moment by drafting a defenseman
I disagree, to a point.

Jordan Leopold (23)
Toni Lydman (25)
Robyn Regehr (23)
Rhett Warrener (27)
Andrew Ference (24)
Denis Gauthier (26)
Steve Montador (23)
Mike Commodore (23)
Brennan Evans (21)

Without the injuries on the blue line, the Doors and certainly not Evans don't get a sniff at game time in the playoffs. While that's it for the depth, it was a pretty young group that was certainly capable in the "old" NHL and while a few extra bodies wouldn't hurt, it wasn't imperative that they needed to add someone immediately. The shortage at centre (Taratuhkin was the only one in the system who might have been able to step in at the NHL level) was greater than the shortage at defense. If it was Sutter who wanted to draft Phaneuf and the scouts wanted to draft someone else (I recall hearing their next choice was off the board, some guy named Mike Richards) perhaps it is Sutter's interference with the scouting staff and their decisions that should be his cause for losing his job; and the scouting staff should stay after all?

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