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07-03-2012, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by turkinaa View Post
I also think that part of the problems are not drafting and keeping players. Many of the players that are key to either depth or top line for these teams were draft results of the team, both early and late rounds. Flyers seem to get little from later picks and have had a recent trend of trading 1st and 2nd round picks to get players or trade the players after drafting them. You can't build a team by just signing free agents and making trades, the core of your line up (and cheapest contracts) usually come from within.
I've been thinking lately about the number of #1 picks the Flyers have traded. Going back to 1996.

96 we got Zubrus, traded a few years later
98 we got Gagne and kept him
99 got Oullette and traded him 2 yrs later
2000 we got Williams and traded him a few years later
2001 got Woywitka and traded him within a few years
2002 got Pitkanen and traded him within a few years
2003 Carter and Richards - at least we kept them for 7 years
2005 Downie, traded within a few years
2006 Giroux - not traded yet
2007 JVR gone
2008 Sbisa gone

In that group, really only Gagne and Richards/Carter and Giroux were kept for more than 3 years. Oullette never panned out and Woywitka is a journeyman, but other than that, those players are regulars.

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