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Derrick Pouliot | Defenseman | Portland (WHL) | 1st Round, 8th overall
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06-28-2012, 09:37 AM
Join Date: Jan 2004
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Yeah I guess I shouldn't have butted in, but I just found that little part amusing. I agree with your original premise that although you may not have agreed with the pick, building the best prospect blueline corps in the league is extremely valuable. This organization seems to have the right resources to scout and develop the right ones. They in turn become very valuable commodities.
No biggie. I have no problem owning up to something, if it is indeed what I said. What is being overlooked is I'm flat out admitting I wanted Michalek the most, yet he was the first guy shipped out.
At the same time, Tender Rip makes a good point that there aren't many examples of D prospects without NHL experience garnering a lot in a trade. The Rundbland example is interesting, but it was really a gamble given that Tarasenko was a 16th overall pick. Even though he is turning out to be one of the best forward prospects in the game (if not the best), it's not like his value was that high at the time. It was certainly a risk.
The example still stands that a young blueliner not in the NHL landed the top fwd prospect in the game. As I also touched on in another thread, most GMs don't want to trade away their young blueliners before they mature... Too much risk. Very few teams are stacked with depth at the top and on the farm. Shero has a rare luxury.
The part of this that I like is that these guys will be pushing out other D in the next few years. We traded Michalek, in part for cap space, but also because we have Despres, Strait, and Bort knocking on the door. Morrow or Pouliot may end up making Letang expendable. That's all very exciting to me.
At the end of the day, I'm pleased with the picks. I'd still have gone for Forseberg or Grigs at 8th overall but I can't question with real authority or knowledge on the matter.
We'll find out in a few yrs. I'd worry about it then if need be.
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