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02-20-2012, 05:16 PM
Jason Lewis
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Originally Posted by Josh Deitell View Post
The thing is, we wouldn't have even had that pick had DL not traded Demitra for it + O'Sullivan. He then flipped Sully for Williams. So all in all he turned a guy who, tragic accident notwithstanding, was all-but-retired from the NHL entering this season for two players on the current roster. DL has made mistakes as GM, but I don't see how you can spin that deal as bad management. We could have Chris Stewart, but we could also have watched Demitra walk to Vancouver as a FA with nothing to show for it.
Exactly. I love people playing hindsight on drafts.

Doesn't everyone wish they would have taken Datsyuk before the 7th round?

Lewis was ranked high by all scouting staffs and outlets. He was projected to be a dynamite 3rd liner in the NHL. He is still growing into that role.

Also, if anyone wants to play hindsight on that draft, don't use Chris Stewart. The guy is a problem. He got traded away from Colorado for being lazy, he is on the 4th line in St. Louis for being lazy.

Lewis works his ass off at the least.

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