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06-27-2012, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Kunitziwa View Post
I'm sorry if this was already mentioned but here it goes anyway.

Do you guys think part of the D heavy drafting philosophy is that it seems to be an organazational strength? The success rate for defensmen drafted by us the past, idk 10 or so years has seemingly been pretty good. Especially when compared to the forwards we drafted (outside of Crosby, Malkin, Staal). In other words do they just feel flat out more confident in their ability to draft defenseman versus forwards, and therfor tend to shy away from drafting forwards? Is it just luck of the draw that D are topping their BPA lists at the time of our picks versus where they have forwards ranked? Or does the organization just truly believe that D bring the best value?
I don't think it's a coincidence at all. Drafting and developing puck moving d seems to be their strength. All else equal, they will draft a dman every single time.

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