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07-09-2011, 11:57 PM
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Pacioretty's not a future star. He's like an Erik Cole IF he develops (people don't seem to be mentioning this, we've seen our fair share of young players flame out).

As for Stamkos I would give up 4 1sts in a heartbeat. Canadiens are in win now mode. Markov, Gill, Gionta, Spacek are reaching the ends of their careers rather soon and Cammalleri, Plekanec and Gorges are in their prime as we speak. By the time the first of the 1st rounders plays you're probably talking 2015 (averaged it to about 3 years dev time). Most of those guys will be gone by then. Not to mention the numbers show there's a good possibility one will flame out, one will be an average player and the other two might become great players or just good ones. You're getting a sure fire star in Stamkos, a perennial all-star and potential hall of famer. There's no one on the Habs or in the pipeline that even comes close to having that potential in terms of skaters.

To further illustrate let's take an example. Habs 1st rounders 2002-2005: Chris Higgins, Andrei Kostitsyn, Kyle Chipchura, Carey Price. Like I said before, 1 bust, 2 average players and 1 guy who looks like he'll be great for years to come. So 1 out of 4 you came out with an all-star. BUT Carey Price was taken 5th overall. The other guys were taken in spots closer to where the Habs will pick with an addition of a 50 goal guy, if not lower.

Plus don't forget. The point is to win the Stanley Cup. Add Stamkos and the Canadiens become contenders right now. And isn't that the big picture?

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