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05-10-2011, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Pugs35 View Post
They aren't separate issues. We haven't drafted an offensive difference maker this decade, and that has forced us to overpay for crappy UFA players who are overrated as well as overpaid and underwhelming.

Obviously the crappy drafting doesn't excuse the UFA bombs but we essentially tried to fix our terrible 1st Round picks with terrible UFAs.

Either way, the results have been awful, though there is reason to hope. Though there was reason to hope 3 years ago with Korpikoski, Sanguinetti etc.
The Rangers have been building from the back-end out. That much should be obvious. Staal, McIlrath, MDZ, Sanguinetti

Kreider and Cheraponov have been the only forwards taken in the 1st round in the past 6 years. Cheraponov would have been elite. Kreider has that potential.

Anisimov was the 2nd rounder the year Sanguinetti was drafted. He is going to be a good 2nd line center in the NHL for a LONG time.

Sauer was the 2nd rounder the year of Staal. He has solidified himself, at the very least, as a NHL defenseman.

Lafleur was the 2nd rounder the year Cheraponov was a 1st rounder. He was a total bust. It happens.

Werek was the 2nd rounder when Kreider was selected. He was just dealt for another 2nd round pick in Lindberg, too early to tell.

Stepan was the 2nd rounder when MDZ was selected. He has solidified himself as, at the very least, a 3rd line center at the NHL at age 20-21.

Thomas was last years 2nd rounder, the year McIlrath was selected. He looks like a steal but it is too early to tell.

Someone, please tell me how, as a whole, the last 7 years of drafting have gone for the Rangers by just looking at the first 2 rounds:

Staal + Sauer

Sanguinetti + Anisimov

Cheraponov + Lafleur

MDZ + Stepan

Kreider + Werek(Lindberg)

McIlrath + Thomas

That is 4 NHL regulars, already, out of those 10 players. Obviously the Cheraponov draft hurt. But the Ranger drafting has been MUCH better.

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