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06-05-2012, 02:57 AM
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A pick this high represents a rare opportunity to get a top ten scorer; it's easy to show that top five picks at forward are off the charts more valuable than lower ones. In other words, the smartest gamble you can make with a top five pick is on a high scoring forward. "Two way" players may look safer, but you can find them elsewhere. Of all the players available, Grig, after Yakupov, seems to represent that possibility best. Sure, there are question marks raised about his mental game -- but this is a seventeen year old kid we're talking about. His vision, skill -- these are assets you can't easily find. The smart thing with a second round pick is to ask what the downside is; with a top five, you ask, What's the upside potential. Grig seems to have the most. Scary, but the right thing to do.

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