Draft By Need ?
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06-11-2011, 09:47 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Since every team's "BPA" list is tempered and molded by organizational need, of course you "draft by need". You just don't draft purely on the lines of overly specific needs such as 6'2"+ 200 lbs+ RHS centre with a mean streak. All that extra criteria is just "tie-breaker" material. If you have 3 guys available at your pick that you'd be happy with either way, you look at your team, how players are developing in your farm system, and you pick the guy that has the best chance of plugging into any hole(s) you might forecast, getting a chance to prove himself (ice time/opportunity), and potentially moving up into the NHL ranks quickly.
If you pick a guy and he ends up behind a backlog of other players at a certain position and never gets an opportunity to play, his trade value just drops the older he gets without having had a chance to show his value.
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