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02-08-2011, 10:11 AM
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Not gonna multi-quote all this to save time and space.

I'm not saying that O'Reilly would be Datsyuk. I'm saying that O'Reilly, if drafted by the Wings, would be a different O'Reilly than he is here.

Datsyuk has tons of talent, but what if he was on the Islanders? Do you think he would be what he is now? No, probably not.

My point is that analyzing drafts is a slippery slope. It's impossible to do if you want to talk about it realistically. Analyze drafting and development, and you're absolutely correct. We haven't developed many offensively talented players. I'm on your side, there, but that doesn't make the organizations' choices and development of solid defense and goaltending any less relevant.

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