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Derrick Pouliot | Defenseman | Portland (WHL) | 1st Round, 8th overall
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06-24-2012, 01:14 PM
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I was far from sold on Trouba and I'll just leave it at that.
It doesn't matter. The point is if were really sticking to our team philosophy of tough to play against, or our drafting philosophy of always taking bpa, then trouba was an ideal pick. Which is why I've been so critical of Shero and those who act like we always go bpa, and why I've been so critical of a team thats been pushed around 3 years in a row, ever since its management became obsessed with possession dmen and not dmen who make it tough to play in their end.
And there's absolutely no way you couldve been "more sold" on poulliot, no matter how much tape you saw. I've seen plenty of Portland games this year and the kid is highly questionable in his end and along the boards, and his favorite play is joining the rush and playing wing, driving the net or slot. He just doesn't look to be much more than a pp specialist who could get picked apart 5v5. I've seen little, or very slow, improvement in his own end this year. There weren't many glaring differences from the begining to the end of the season, as far as I could tell.
Imo we need to get back to wanting to be a tough, nasty, team to play against, and we need to shift our draft strategy back toward that end a bit more. Target kids who fit our mold. And it appears Shero is starting to steer the ship back that way judging by his returns and comments about some of the picks.
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