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05-29-2012, 03:30 PM
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1. Dave was a terrible drafter for the most part. And that is why he was fired. His results in the 2003 draft in particular were miserable, especially with the selection of Brian Boyle, another in the long line of massive project players Taylor was obsessed with drafting.
2. The "development" aspect is being way overrated here when it comes to certain players. Kopitar and Quick are world class talents, they would be star players on any team in the NHL. Brown is pretty much at that level as well. You guys are selling these guys way short by calling them system players.
3. The cupboard was not bare. Even with the poor drafting and some poor trades. Taylor still left Quick, Kopitar, Brown, Gleason, Cammalleri, Visnovsky and Belanger. The first three are currently are our best players, and the rest were trades away to help bring in pieces used to build the current team.
My thoughts on DT are that his drafting likely cost him his job. Horrendous picks in Zultek, Biron, Karlsson, Steckel, Tukonen, Tambellini and Boyle. The one constant there is size over skill, which DT and Al loved.
But you must give him credit for 2005, it's not easy to draft two superstars in one draft, and that day will likely salvage DT's legacy as GM of this team. Especially if one of his picks wins the Conn Smythe.
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