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08-15-2011, 03:08 PM
Jason MacIsaac
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Originally Posted by squidz View Post
Because NHL readiness is a big concern, especially for a team like New Jersey. New Jersey is in a bit of "win now" mode, and so when presented with a player who could help them do that, they selected him. Brodin won't be ready for real NHL impact for a couple years. He might come over and play next year, but he won't be an impact player until at least the year after. I'm not going to go so far as to say that Brodin is for certain the better player, but it's certainly not unreasonable for someone to think that. It has been widely rumored that if Larsson was not on the board when the Devils picked at 4, Brodin was their selection. Statements from the Wild's management team (when Brodin was available at their pick GMCF announced "and that's why you don't trade up, sometimes they just fall to you") indicate that they considered moving up in the draft to ensure they got Brodin.

I'm sure Larsson will be a solid NHL defender, but his draft position doesn't guarantee that he's superior to any other defender from the 2011 draft.
Wrong, Larsson was the top player in the entire draft on New Jersey's board. They, like most others had Huberdeau, Landeskog and Hopkins, in no specific order, right after larsson in a tier above all others.

I have never seen Brodin play but I think it's fairly comical some are trying to say Brodin is at Larsson's level or better. I will be sure to watch him dominate the WJC and SEL this season if that's the case.

Also, I feel its comical that many don't expect Larsson to improve any of his strength's or weaknesses. Everything New Jersey touches instantly becomes overrated, I would hate to imagine the press had Edmonton drafted Larsson.

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