Since picking Jordan Staal 2nd overall in 2006...
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05-19-2012, 11:21 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Throw out the first round picks, those are pretty much set in stone. Either they make it or they don't, but scouting/developing doesn't have as much to do with it as the players themselves.
In the later rounds the Penguins drafting has been OK in my opinion. Certainly not the worst, but not great either. Not as good as it should be or could be if we want to remain an upper echelon team, ya know?
One thing that stands out in those later round picks is that a lot of those players are relatively low-risk, low-reward types. That could still be a fluke, and not actually by design, but I'd still like to see a few more boom-or-bust type selections. You know, that undersized Swedish winger that is torching a Tier-3 league somewhere near the Arctic circle.
Just because that type of player might not fit into our organization's NHL model is fine, because they'll have higher value in a trade than a prospect that projects to be a 3rd line winger at best anyway.
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