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04-10-2012, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by CREW99AW View Post
You don't think Tavares wasn't aware, they were building with home grown talent?

Just because some nyi fans ignore reality of having to build through the draft,doesn't mean nyi players do
You can't ONLY build through the draft. You need to fill the holes by free agency or trades. Look at every contending team. There's not one that is 100% homegrown. Everyone has added pieces through one route or another.

Boston - Chara, Thomas, Horton etc.
Rangers - Richards, Gaborik
Devils - Kovalchuk, Volchenkov
Blues - Arnott, Stewart, Halak
Panthers - Entire Team
Penguins - Neal, Kunitz, Michalek, NIskanen, Martin

The team that comes closest is the Canucks and a lot of that was due to the price they paid to get both sedins drafted together. They also traded for Luongo.

So while the Canucks can consider both Sedins homegrown, they still paid a premium to get that high pick and thankfully for them it paid off.

Most teams have a lot of there big pieces added through free agency. The islanders aren't going to survive with just Tavares and Hamonic as top tier players. They will need to add a top flight winger, a top flight d-man and a good, long term solution at goalie (i.e schneider).

There is no way to build a team through entirely the draft.

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