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07-13-2012, 10:37 PM
Lost in The Flood
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75+ upside for Forsberg? sounds highly optimistic. If Pens thought Pouliot was BPA then I don't see a problem with picking him. Offensive dmen are the most valuable commodity in the NHL (apart from true #1 centres), if Pouliot has upside of top 4 dmen while being a great PPQB then that's a pretty good pick IMO.
Like I said, it's not my projection but regardless he was the highest ranked player on the board and is exactly what the Pens need (right handed winger). I don't think that Fors was even on the Pens list TBH. I think that they had a boner for DP and were worried that he wouldn't be around at 22, as he was projected to go 15-20th, so they reached at 8 to get him. Reaching for a player that is in the same mold as 2-4 other players in your system when there's a much higher ranked player who's exactly what your team needs on the board is just not a good pick.
That's a whole bunch of "ifs" for the the DP pick to work out. He's going to have to jump over the 6+ other D prospects to get PT and have any trade value. You don't get James Neal or Chris Kunitz for a prospect, you get them for a Dman who has at least a few NHL seasons under their belt.
Fors, on the other hand, would only have to compete with BB for a spot next season and could be the winger on a ELC that the Pens need.
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