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04-13-2012, 10:08 PM
Avoiding the Cap
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Originally Posted by rt View Post
This is for historical reference...
Except the historical comparison doesn't support your position. The Czech league has changed is simply not the same, even from the time Hanzal was there. Seeing as how Petrovicky and Hudler outscored Hertl by a significant margin, I think the reference hurts more than it helps. Hudler, in all his splendor, was a late 2nd round pick. Funny enough, Satan and Demitra were also not 1st round picks (5th and 9th, respectively) or even on teams' radar. Hejduk played four seasons in the Czech league before even coming over. Judging a kid based solely off of stats at an arbitrarily picked age is silly and doesn't provide a valid frame of reference. Your direct observations are much more relevant.

Hertl may not even be available where we pick. Or Aberg. What then?

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