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10-26-2003, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by jadeddog
imo, the REAL reason for ottawa being so far ahead of edmonton in drafting is the fact that ottawa was *so* bad for a few years..... while edmonton has strugled with mediocrity... basically if your gonna be bad, you might as well be REALLY bad and get a top 3 pick for a few years in a row, this allows you to pick some VERY good talent to rebuild your team around.... be the fact that edmonton has been picking arond 15th for the past 6-7 years, we dont get a shot at the "franchise players",
Well, the Oilers did pick pretty high all things considered as I pointed out with 5 picks within the top 6. It just hurts that we did so poorly with them.

Besides, it's not as if the players Ottawa got from those top 3 picks are the franchise players you were talking about aside from, perhaps, Yashin. Chris Phillips is probably their #3 dman. Radek Bonk is their 1st line center but you can hardly call him a superstar. Daigle is in Minnesota trying to resurrect his career. And Berard is looking for a contract as we speak.

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