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04-05-2012, 06:18 AM
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Okposo wasn't developed properly. He's an average 2nd liner...drafted top 5
(or about that-don't recall off the top of my head). Macdonald has regressed this season, and quite frankly in a fringe defensemen on most teams. Martin's a 3rd liner. Either you're significantly overvaluing the players, or your standards (like many other Islander fans) has dropped very low.
Okposo was drafted 7th. Right after Derrek Brassard and before Peter Meuller, James Shepard and Michael Frolik. All players that he is better than.
Other recent #7 picks (2009-2000): Nazem Kadri, Colin Wilson, Jakub Voracek, Jack Skille, Rotislav Olesz, Ryan Suter, Joffrey Lupul, Mike Komisarek, Lars Jonsson
Other than Suter and Lupul, none are top liners. Wilson is probably the only other one I would consider trading Okposo for.
In other words, if you are expecting an all star with the #7 pick, you are expecting too much. Okposo is developing better than the players drafted around him and better than most #7 picks.
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