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05-08-2012, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Tuco View Post
We had the number one pick each of those years that Dudley traded away for options and whatnot, and received number three, after making sure he would get the player he wanted at #3. So both Bouw and Horton were essentially number one picks. Horton was one of the best, but not a clear-cut number one. My point was we were desperate for a power forward, and chose Horton based on that need. Never said I wasn't happy with the choice, just that I think this was the decisive motivation for the choice.
Not to stray too far from the main topic of conversation but like I said before, I do remember Horton being in the conversation for first overall. Even if we kept the first overall pick, we never would have taken Fleury since we had just picked up a 24(?) year old Roberto Luongo. After that, it's 50/50 between Horton and Staal. Your initial argument that we drafted based on need is simply erroneous.

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