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04-27-2011, 01:19 PM
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the BS argument being spouted here is that teams can draft elite players in the first round outside of the top 10 with regularity, and that the rangers have been abysmal drafters...at least thats what ive read...and both are WAY wrong imho.
Teams could do that if they consistently go for high-risk, high-return guys. This means you have to be willing to suffer through multiple Jessimans before you hit one Getzlaf - all that without calling for the GM to be fired.
That's why GMs prefer to go for safer guys in the first round: nobody will demand that you get fired if you drafted a guy like Niklas Sundstrom in the first round.
But if the GM gets some room to breath, he could pull a rabbit out of a hat every other draft by spending all the picks, from the first to the last, on guys like Kreider, Stepan, Horak, etc who are not seen as safe picks.
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