Thread: Speculation: 2011 Acq./Rost. Bldg./Cap Part 5
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01-23-2012, 11:04 AM
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Building up organizational depth is a bigger issue with McPhee than trades IMO (aside from maybe waiting too long to make them but that's another matter). They've pretty well raided what they had the past few seasons thanks to hits earlier on in the draft netting quality roster players but haven't really tried to build it up as much as they could. Trading picks isn't a valid excuse when a team like Philadelphia is still able to net the likes of Gustafsson, Zolnierwhatever & Read as NCAA UFAs. Building up quality depth, in turn, opens up further trade possibilities.

What's more there are some blindspots in their drafting/team building: grinding forwards and physical defensive-defensemen. Building a team through the draft isn't all about skill and they haven't shown much in the way of finding those potentially very cap-efficient character role players. It's the underlying issue that leads to them going out and overspending for a Ward or giving Hendricks/Bradley/Clymer/Steckel multi-year deals. If the evaluation of players and team building is more comprehensive/objective then it's easier to avoid overpaying for mediocrity.

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