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10-26-2003, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by #37-#93-#27
He says nothing because most of those defensive prospects you speak of turned to nothing and to him neither Johnson, Hlavac, Brendl, Lundmark, York are anything "special". Everything is different in hindsight. Producing 5 NHLers 3 of which were core players is about as good as any team can do and hope for. Maybe he'll understand 4 years from now when only 1-2 NHLers (probably on other teams) come out of this current crop.
No, I understand perfectly. All prospects are a crapshoot. My point is that Sather's trade have taken the odds of producing quality young talent and whittled them down considerable.

Smith's prospects of the late 90s (players drafted or considered prospects in 98/99) have produced 9 real NHLers (Cloutier, Savard, Johnsson, Lundmark, York, Kloucek, Hlavac, Malhotra, and Doig). How is Smith's farm considered such a failure compared to the current crop when we are likely to get FEWER real players out of it.

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