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08-16-2012, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by gopreds19 View Post
Yes, the team has a problem with drafting forwards. Specifically, our GM refuses to draft them. Instead, he goes with smurfs/smurf-defensemen (Ellis, Blum, Upshall) or goaltenders who are complete busts (Finley, Pikard).
Just a correction here, but he drafted something like 6 forwards with his 8 draft picks this past draft. I believe four out of the first five picks were used on forwards (three left wings and one center).

In 2011, 4 out of 7 selections were forwards.

You're also leaving out Suter, Weber, Klein, Ekholm, Josi, Laakso, COR, Vainonen, etc when you say things like he only drafts smurfs. If you look at our prospects right now we have something like 16 players at or over 200lbs, and another 9 in the 190s. The idea of Poile being in love with "smurfs" that has lingered since the lock out is out-of-date.

Those who say that Poile's biggest problem with drafting elite forward talent is his aversion to risk taking are right on the money IMO. He doesn't have a problem with drafting solid forwards. He has a problem with taking a risk on a potentially elite offensive forward when he has the option of taking a safer, two-way style forward instead.

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