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06-16-2012, 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by _Del_ View Post
The thing is that if you asked everyone to list their top eight players on the team last year, those five would be on everylist. That's why drafting well is important. It's easier to add top players via draft than through trade or free agency.
I think it also highlights the importance of aiming for top line/top pairing players. You might have a higher hit rate drafting "safe" players with mid-line upside, but those guys are (as Maloney has demonstrated) very easy to find on the free agent market. There's little tangible benefit for drafting a Boyd Gordon or Kyle Chipchura over just signing one or trading a mid-rounder for one, but drafting a Yandle or OEL or even a Boedker is much, much better than having to acquire one.

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