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08-16-2012, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by JustAnotherHockeyFan View Post
I guess the main question with drafting forwards or Poile in general is, do you believe that choosing the safe option is the best one (or is being safe the best way to ice a competitive team to the cup).
There is no one size fits all answer here. Looking back at some of the first round picks, Poile went with a less than safe option.

Look at 2004 .... a guy with top ten projections talent wise drops to the Preds draft spot at 15th overall. Play it safe or take the talented player with rumors of personality issues?

2008 .... one of the top ranked goalies is available when the team picks for the second time in the first round. Take him or go with a safer forward pick?

2009 .... we go with Ellis when Kassian, Kreider, Schroeder, Leblanc and Josefson available? Smart move to go with the puck moving, but very small, d-man or go forward?

2010 ... which big young forward do you take? Watson? Bjugsad? Go big defender and take Tinordi? (none of those three have a NHL game yet).

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