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06-17-2012, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by PhoPhan View Post
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.
Thing is, everyone who drafts a Chipchura, Gordon, or Pyatt is hoping they become a Richards, Kesler, or Doan.

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