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06-06-2012, 05:56 AM
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As far as the value of a mid-first round pick, Stewart himself was the 18th pick in an underwhelming draft. 2006 had some quality players but by and large it is not well respected relative to some other recent drafts. Secondly, it is frequently the case that the way a draft class is perceived at or near the time of the draft turns out to be totally opposite to its real value. This draft is still perceived as one of the strongest defenseman drafts ever (not quite 2008 quality but stil high on the list). So getting a mid first round pick is maintaining solid value in an asset.

First choice with Stewart is to package him in a different deal for a bigger, more pressing need (top-two center or a #2 lefty defenseman). This idea is a strong fallback option in case that can't happen because those trades are much harder to find.

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