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07-29-2012, 01:33 PM
Beendair Donedat
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Originally Posted by SouthernHab View Post
There are two glaring (more, but I will focus on two right now) examples staring you in the face that dispute what you are saying.

1. Columbus. An average of pick #5 in the first round for 12 years. And still a lottery team. Management problems? Yes. Drafting position problem? No.

2. Boston. Only FIVE (5) top ten 1st round draft picks since 2000. Here they are........

2000 Lars Jonsson (#7) -- Not on Stanley Cup winning team.
2006 Phil Kessel (#5) -- Not on Stanley Cup winning team.
2007 Zach Hamill (#8) -- On roster. Had one point all season.
2010 Tyler Seguin (#2) -- Played on Stanley Cup winning team. Seven points in the playoffs. A non-factor.
2011 Dougie Hamilton (#9) -- Did not play in NHL.

So how did Boston win the Cup?

They won with their 2nd and 3rd round players....Krejchi, Bergeron, Lucic, Marchand stepping up their game. They won with their trades and acqusitions......Horton, Ryder, Recchi, Kelly, Peverly, Paille, Campbell AND Tim Thomas stepping up their game.

Sorry man. You have been exposed to Gainey and Gauthier for so long that you have forgotten that a shrewd and savvy General Manager can build a Stanley Cup winning team without the idiotic notion of tanking and/or relying soley upon draft position.
Not to nitpick, but Seguin was a rookie who didn't play the first two rounds. Only came in when Bergeron was hurt.

After being a healthy scratch for the first two rounds of the 2011 NHL Playoffs, Seguin was put into the lineup to start round 3, after Patrice Bergeron sustained a mild concussion. Seguin scored a goal and added an assist in his first game, and followed that up with 2 goals and 2 assists in the second. He became the first teenager to score 4 points in a NHL playoff game since Trevor Linden in 1989. On June 15, 2011, the Boston Bruins captured the Stanley Cup, winning the series 4-3, and 4-0 in Game 7.

I'd say he was a factor.

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