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02-23-2011, 11:43 AM
Ziggy Stardust
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Originally Posted by Little Bunny Foo Foo View Post
I blame the development system as much as Al Murray

Case in point, Robert Lang. If he hadn't moved on to another org, he would have busted. I think the same holds true for Grebeshkov.

At least we are developing players now and also drafting better
To add to that, take a look at what the Kings were able to develop when they were affiliated with the Phoenix Roadrunners, the Long Beach Ice Dogs, the Lowell Lock Monsters and when they shared an affiliation in Fredericton and Springfield.

The Kings never employed a proper development system until Lombardi reshaped the organization. While Taylor and his scouts did draft some very talented players, it seems like the players were from that point on their own to develop into NHL quality players.

There were also blunders like their decision to rush Aki Berg and Jamie Storr due to them not having enough NHL quality talent on the blueline or between the pipes. They were never able to properly develop a blueline or goaltending tandem as we witnessed a ridiculous carousel of goaltenders and journeymen come and go.

While we await for Lombardi to add a missing piece to the puzzle, at the very least, he has stockpiled his organization with enough assets to insure that if he gives up some top quality prospects, he has others within the system that can readily replace those players.

Case in point, San Jose being able to trade for Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley largely through players they drafted, yet they did not miss a beat due to the volume of young and NHL ready forwards who were able to step in and replace the likes of Sturm, Stuart, Michalek, Cheechoo, etc.

The strong drafting record of teams like Detroit and Pittsburgh also speak volumes as it has permitted those clubs to acquire top talent. Detroit lost players like Fedorov, Shanahan and Yzerman, and they did not miss a beat. Pittsburgh drafted and developed Goligoski, saw that they were strong on the blueline and dealt from a position of strength to bring in a sniper in James Neal. That is the luxury teams gain when they are patient, draft well and develop quality players.

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