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03-11-2012, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Jack Bourdain View Post
My point is that drafting 1st or drafting 10th isn't the difference. The difference is the GM, the guy whose job it is to build a team.

The Capitals are a team stacked with top end talent, and they can't put it together. The Oilers have drafted great young players and are struggling to put it together.

I can accept that we haven't made any Stanley Cup appearances since 1993. I can accept that it may seem mediocre what this team has achieved (or not) in the past decade. But, I don't see the fixation with losing a few draft positions when you get to see your team win.

Get a good GM, and good things will follow.
Agreed, but you can put more chances on your side with a higher draft pick. Just look at the list of top 4 picks of the past few years...

2011: Nugent-Hopkins, Landeskog, Huberdeau, Larsson
2010: Hall, Seguin, Gudbranson, Johansen
2009: Tavares, Hedman, Duchene, Kane
2008: Stamkos, Doughty, Bogosian, Pietrangelo
2007: Kane, van Riemsdyk, Turris, Hickey
2006: Johnson, J. Staal, Toews, Backstrom

2007 was the worst, but I'd take any of these forwards (Turris is at the bottom of the list) on the Habs any day of the week.

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