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05-15-2012, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Ivan13 View Post
Avs never had a lot of talented young defensmen in their system, but since Pracey took over as head scout we're seeing great improvements in that department with the arrival of Elliott (2011 WHL D-man of the year), Barrie (2010 WHL D-man of the year and 2011 runner up to Elliott), Siemens and Gaunce (who played great in the AHL this season) who all project as top 4 NHL defensmen.
I hope it works it out. Drafting is half the story, developing is the second half (where we have to wait and see). The Avs have always been good on finding/developing forwards. And years ago, very good on goalies (not anymore). I have done some work by the numbers on strengths and weaknesses of the various teams in drafting/developing.

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