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05-10-2011, 07:38 PM
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Our round one drafting has been sub-par to average at best.
Our round 2+ drafting has been superb, at least IMO.
Also i'm in the camp that Cherepanov would've been a first liner. but oh well.
IMO Blackburn, Staal, Cherapanov, Del Zotto and Kreider are all great picks. Bad luck has made it feel like our drafting was worse than it's been considering Blackburn and Cherapanov both weren't in the system for long for the respective reasons. I have no doubt Cherapanov wouldn't have been a top 6 player, and you can't tell me Blackburn isn't a starter in this league somewhere if he doesn't hurt himself in the weight room.
I also don't think the Malholtra pick was terrible...he was mishandled pretty badly here, and to this day he's a very solid NHL player (hoping he can come back from his eye injury). Obviously you hope a pick that high is a top 6 forward/top 4 D/starting goalie, but it doesn't suck too bad if you get someone that's still an NHLer...it's usually boom or bust.
It's tough to say our round 2+ drafting has been "superb" when we've had guys that didn't even get ELC's like Lafleur int he higher rounds. I'd say round 3+ is more accurate.
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