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12-04-2011, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Afro Thunder View Post
I don't why you are still comparing drafts that were taken by people in the organization that are no longer here. This is a very different organization than what it was 5 years ago and you can't really compare.
It doesn't matter that it was Ottawa or not. It was an example of a successful drafting team that didn't realize potential anywhere near the rate at which some people seem to think we will now. Or basically, we'll pretty much become by far the single greatest drafting organization in the history of professional sports.

Originally Posted by 19sens11 View Post
How was this even started anyway? Silfverberg is pretty much a lock to be a 30 point scorer unless he completely falls off the map.
He's a much more certain prospect than any of our others. But that's not a guarantee, as many near locks before him failed anyways. It also doesn't project a timeline for when this potential might come to fruition.

Until they earn ice time, prove themselves over significant lengths of time and actually produce in the NHL:
- they aren't making anybody on the NHL roster expendable.
- they aren't currently or in the near term likely to be any sort of improvement over the players we have on the roster.
- the bust factor of all prospects, even the ones you like, is so high as to make most of these projected lineups look absurd within a short period of time.

It will probably be 2 or 3 seasons before any of those players make an impact in the top half of the roster, if they do at all.

Originally Posted by Minister of Offence View Post
I think it's safe to say we can be a bit more optimistic about our drafting now....not to say we can believe every player will turn into something...but more than you might think based on our history.
You're focusing too much on '02-07. Even taken as a whole, our team has been very successful at the draft. Every team has a lull, that was ours. However, the entirety of Ottawa's draft record should be grounding expectations on what we're going to develop out of these past few drafts.

Originally Posted by mat_sens View Post
Why are we comparing 30+ points players?
Because we've developed very few of them or even fewer 50 pt players if you like (what? 10 or 11)... but we're almost assured of getting 5 or 6 x 50+ point players out of our last 3 drafts alone?

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