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05-13-2012, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyingKostitsyn View Post
When Price&Pacioretty and even Subban get to a point were they are considered old farts by hockey terms (33+ years old) the player we'd draft this year is going to be in his prime along with other other young prospects. With some luck he,ll be there to bridge the gap with our future young prospects.

Good organisations with long lasting success are built with multiple generations of players. When you trade prospects&picks for older players you risk ending up with an old men country club with a few very young prospects a few years down the road.

Of course the best chance of success within 3 years would be to get players that are 26+ years old but that would also be the best way to ensure we'd remain a mediocre team with an ever changing roster for a decade. We need stability, we need to draft&groom our players and keep them until and after they hit their primes. For two decades this team has been managed by people that never bothered thinking further than a season or two, its no surprise we can't have success on a regular basis.

Shortcuts sometimes get you stuck on a muddy dirt road. Or on a very slow road full of traffic lights and potholes (for city people). The shortest route on a map can take much longer&be much more painful.

When talking about abstract ideas (like building a hockey team) shortcut and shortsighted are often very similar things.
Considering how good our draft team is, I'm reasonably confident we'll end up with 1 or 2 exciting prospects from our non-1st picks... So it's not like trading this 1 top -3 pick will doom the organization to a bare cupboard down the road.

Also, having just turned 24, Staal is still a young player, even though he's got several years of NHL experience.

Trading a top pick for a 24 year old isn't exactly abandoning the future for short term gain... It's not like we're talking about trading the pick for Iginla or st Louis

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