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Derrick Pouliot | Defenseman | Portland (WHL) | 1st Round, 8th overall
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06-24-2012, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by
Not at all dude. I was hoping
What bugs me about the Pouliot complaints is this:
If Maatta had gone 8th and Pouliot 22nd, almost no one would complain because that latter was slated somewhere in the 15-20 range. So we're going to split hairs and get pissed we moved a guy 8 slots forward in a draft that had maybe 2 can't miss F prospects (both gone by pick 8) and which was D heavy? Even though the guy is considered by some to be THE best D prospect in terms of overall skill? I can't see it.
I think Shero and the guys have a very specific plan and the plan is home-grow stud D and use trades and FA to fill gaps with
F, rather than trying to develop them.
Given the premium teams play for even very young and inexperienced offensive D
(see also: Alex Goginovskowicz
), and the success they've shown with Despres, Morrow and Harrington (in terms of developing rapidly), I'm willing to see where this leads us.
I think this is a very good point. The organization seems to have shown real proficiency in picking and or developing defensemen. It could actually be very smart to play to this strength. If Pouliot develops along the lines of his potential, that's huge. The Pens might be stacked at this position, but that's just fine because good d-men are valuable commodities, especially intelligent puck moving/offense creating ones. Goligoski after all became James Neal (from the Penguin's perspective) -- a forty goal scorer that just got signed for less than six million a year.
Pretty hard not to drink the Shero kool aid at this point, though the guy is certainly not perfect.
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