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05-21-2012, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by HTT3 View Post
It is superior scouting and luck. It goes hand-in-hand. Not sure about the Zetterberg story, but Håkan Andersson was pretty high on Datsyuk and was absolutely sure nobody else knew about him. He was their "golden" pick that year, and DRWs knew it.
For some reason people refuse to understand that the Red Wings were 99% sure that nobody in the NHL knew of Pavel Datsyuk. Even their scout, who was the best in Europe, found out about him in a flukey way. THey weren't going to burn a high pick on him knowing that nobody would take him in the top 6 rounds. Those picks are better used picking guys that you know won't make it one round further.

Also, I believe the Red Wings wanted to draft Edler in the third then Franzen in the 4th, and when Edler got scooped up they just went with Franzen in that slot. Man if they could;ve landed both of them...

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