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05-29-2012, 06:13 PM
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DL put the system in place, which was NOT in place before. We never had a system of developing players we drafted...as much at Taylor wants to harp on drafting Kopi, Brown, Quick, he wouldn't have developed them because he didn't have a system in place to develop prospects. Kings never took development seriously until DL came along.
Brown, Kopi, and Quick put in hard work due to the system DL put in and that made them successful.
Exactly! The drafting of Quick in my mind is no different than any of the other "throw a dart at the draft board of goalies" mindset Taylor and Al Murray seemed to use. It was never a priority, more of an after thought. What happened was we got a very good athletic goalie that was developed by Lombardi and not rushed.He learned from two guys who actually played in the NHL in Hextal and Ranford, that not only has help him, but every other goalie in our system.
Brown's early development would have been much better had he stayed in junior and spent a season in Manchester, instead of being rushed by Taylor. It always seemed to be the organizations M.O., get them into the nhl as soon as possible, even though they weren't ready.The Lombardi approach is the complete opposite and we're seeing results because of it.
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