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02-28-2006, 04:48 PM
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What is written below means nothing. So there were a few players who panned out. I never said everyone fails.

However, many of them were drafted in late rounds. You can get high-risk, high-return players in mid-rounds. Some of them will turn into Marc Savard. Others will turn into Bryan Swanson. But you can get these players with 2-7 round picks. If you draft a few high-risk players in later rounds, 1 out of a few will make it. That's great, but that doesn't make a late first round, a single pick, all that valuable.

Also, going forward, do you expect that the Rangers will have a perfect drafting record, as if they had 20-20 vision?

Were all these players below picked by the same team? No. Every now and then a team gets lucky and stumbles onto someone who good, but wasn't drafted inside the lottery. So? It doesn't mean you can expect it.

The expected place for a late first rounder is... the AHL and Europe. And if you don't believe me, go look at past picks at 20-30. Not just NYR. All teams. The vast majority of late first rounders aren't regular NHLers.

Originally Posted by NYR469
here is a look at guys picked each after AFTER the rangers top pick in the years list above...

1987: joe sakic, bryan marchment, andrew cassels, john leclair, eric desjardins, mathieu schneider

1988: tie domi, tim taylor, mark recchi, tony amonte, rob blake, joe juneau

1989: adam foote, nicklas lidstrom, kris draper, sergei fedorov

1990: keith tkachuk, martin brodeur, bryan smolinski, chris simon

1991: markus naslund, glen murray, ziggy palffy,

1992: mike peca

1993: brendan witt, kenny jonsson, adam deadmarsh, jason allison, saku koivu, todd bertuzzi, jamie langenbrunner, janne niinimaa, brendan morrison, bryan mccabe

1994: jose theodore, patrik elias, chris drury, milan hejduk

1995: mike leclerc, brad isbister, michal handzus

1996: daniel briere, colin white, zdeno chara, mark parrish

1997: brenden morrow

1998: nik antropov, alex tanguay, martin skoula, robyn regehr, simon gagne, jiri fischer, scott gomez, jonathan cheechoo

1999: barrett jackman, nick boynton, martin havlat, jordan leopold

2000: kurt sauer, lubomir visnovsky, jm liles,

2001: dan hamhuis, ales hemsky, rj umberger, carlo colaiacovo

2002: jarret stoll, matt greene, matt stajan, jiri hudler

now i realize that hindsight is 20/20 but just for the sake of arguement lets say that instead of picking more, mallette, rice, stewart, ferraro, sundstrom, dube, cherneski, malhotra, lundmark, brendl, novak, blackburn and falardeau the rangers drafted joe sakic, rob blake, nicklas lidstrom, keith tkachuk, mike peca, todd bertuzzi, patrik elias, mike leclerc, zdeno chara, brenden morrow, simon gagne, barrett jackman, nick boynton, jm liles, ales hemsky, and matt stajan.

would you still consider those picks to not be valuable if we got that 2nd list of players??

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