What is the purpose of the Nashville Predators organization?
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10-29-2003, 07:28 AM
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Hejduk was a fourth round pick, so I imagine every GM is kicking themselves right now.
It's a little bit different. Hejduk was a 4th round pick in 1994. By 1996, he had established himself as a true sniper in the Czech League. In 1997, he was one of the best players in the Czech league at only 20 years old. He represented the Czech Republic at the 1998 Olympics, playing with NHL players like Jagr, Hasek, etc. The team won the gold medal. In the summer of 1998, Hejduk was left exposed in the expansion draft.
I'm sure there was some consideration on picking Hejduk (atleast I hope there was). But, by picking Krupp, Poile saw an opportunity to get a 2nd round pick through the free agent compensation loophole.
I'm not saying Poile is an idiot for not picking Hejduk. For an new franchise, getting more draft picks is usually a good thing. But in this instance, Poile has to be kicking himself in the head. Even more so that the GMs that passed him up in 1994. Because in 1998, he was an established sniper at a professional and Olympic level
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