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04-06-2011, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by xxxZENxxx View Post
Rangers management needs to knock off this "drafting for need" stuff and just pick the best player available. That is why our first rounders usually suck and the players from later rounds (when they always go BPA) tend to be better.
There is no clear-cut way of defining Best Pick Available.... It's not a concrete term by any means...

is the BPA the player with the highest ceiling?
is the BPA the player most likely to reach his potential independent of his overall ceiling?
is the BPA the player with the lowest bust potential?
is the BPA the most skilled player at the time of the draft?

It's not that clear.... 18 year olds have different development curves so the most skilled player at the time of the draft isn't necessarily the draft pick with the highest ceiling/potential.

Carl Hagelin for example... In an interview with a friend of his from Sweden, his friend says Carl had a growth spurt when he was 19 and his legs just got massive and that's when his skating really kicked into high gear.... No doubt Hagelin (5th rounder) would have been a late 1st/early 2nd round pick if the scouts had any inkling that he would develop into the forward that he is today.

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