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08-12-2011, 06:06 PM
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Ill say it...the Red Wings farm system isnt all that awesome. They found 2 gems in Datsyuk and Zetterberg but that was back in 1999, since then they havent been all that great...
Here are the players who scored over 40 pts last year for them.
Zetterberg, Drafted By Det in 99
Bertuzzi, Drafted by NYI
Cleary, Drafted by Chicago
Rafalski, Drafted by NJ
Franzen Drafted by Det in 2004
Datsyuk, Drafted by Det in 98
Lidstrom, Drafted by Det in 89
only 1 player produced over 40 pts by the Red Wings, was drafted since 1999...Johan Franzen. The rest of their draft picks that are on their rosters are role players who chip in 20-35 pts, and how many of those points are just the result of being on the ice when Zetterberg, Datsyuk, or Lidstrom do something great out there?
Red Wings drafting is SOOOOOO overrated its ridiculous....none of their impact players outside of Franzen have been taken in the last 11 years....
On the flip side for the Rangers the players we had over 40 pts were all drafted by us since 2004 or later sans Marian Gaborik...Thats Stepan, Anisimov, Dubinsky, and Callahan.
To add some perspective:
There are 3 HOFers in that Red Wings group. There is no need for or room for other players getting top ice time as long as they are around. Your counter argument are Rangers that are forced into important roles because there is no real talent ahead of them.
Even guys like Leino, and a certain defenseman who couldn't make it there are making a nice living around the league. The last good Rangers forward drafted was Kovalev and he pales in comparison to those Red Wings, so spare me that the Rangers are a comparable organization by any stretch of the imagination.
As the Red Wings superstars leave, we'll see how Detroit is doing.
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