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01-19-2011, 01:35 PM
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Chicago doesn't win a cup without Patrick Kane (and perhaps Keith and others)
Pittsburgh doesn't win a cup without Sydney Crosby (and perhaps Malkin and Fleury)
Washington has no chance to win a cup without Ovechkin.

There are loads of draft busts of that there is no doubt, loads in every round and the key thing is to pick the right players of that there is no doubt but drafting high increases your chances of getting better players or at the least having ammunition to trade with at a later date.

Other factors, teams with very good to dominant players simply do not make them available unless they have a big defect, thus free agency is not a great option other than to fill out a lineup.

The salary cap is another consideration. Drafting a young guy you get them on the cheap for a few years before you have to pay them.

Having multiple top 10 picks over a series of years can insulate you against a bust.

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