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06-25-2012, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by scott99 View Post
Agreed, but why not take a chance on a guy rated top #50 instead of a guy rated #209. Odds are most likely that the top #50 guy pans out before #209, not all the time, but odds are in your favor.
If you are truly looking for diamonds in the rough in later rounds you are better off drafting guys in less popular development leagues(one step below the CHL or High School basically).

I'll use Trevor Zajac as an example but he was completely passed over in 2003 when he was playing in the BCHL before being picked in the first round in 2004.

Originally Posted by scott99 View Post
I've seen the Islanders pass up so many good to great players, trusting their scouts instead of the ratings, while the Detroits and the Devils and the Washingtons of the worlds snatch them up, EVEN if they draft way after the Isles.
The past 10 years of Detroits success has in large part been for going for that guy who was rated #209 instead of #50(Datsuik and Zetterberg) and striking gold

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