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12-04-2003, 10:32 AM
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H-Bear
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1.) 2003 draft - passing up Zach Parise. Now the number 1 prospect in the Devils system. Pouliot is no embarasment himself. We got McDonald in that trade if memory serves me right.

2.) 2002 draft - not drafting Jiri Hudler. A young centre who made this years Red Wings team. A LOT of teams passed on this guy ... multiple times. Who knows why, but I'll give you this one, simply because I don't have a rebutle.

3.) signing Tommy Salo to a 3.9 million dollar contract after an awful 2003 playoffs and shaky second half in 2002 (after returning from the 2002 Olympics). We were kinda stuck there. All we had was a much less mature Conklin, and Maarkanen. That's some iffy goaltending.

4.) keeping your best player, Ryan Smyth, at 3rd line centre instead of keeping him in his position of 1st line LW (one of the best in the league). AMEN!

5.) Not signing the franchise player, Mike Comrie, in favour of Tommy Salo (who was the worst of the underachievers in last year's playoffs). Mike Comrie was not resigned because of the money, and other reasons; I fail to see what Salo has to do with anything. Salo was not re-signed this year; it is the end of his last contract.

6.) Playing Mike York (with one arm) ahead of a healthy Jason Chimera. Tough to argue that one!

7.) Taking too long to trade Tom Poti. Then, when he returned, playing him with a young Eric Brewer rather than a veteran. Then trading him along with a big, veteran centre in Rem Murray for a small forward. Note: we missed the playoffs that year. Although Mike Comrie carried the team on his back that season (2001/2002 - 60 points) while Ryan Smyth was injured. You have to love the way York has turned out for us though.

8.) Playing Igor Ulanov with one bad eye in the 2000-2001 playoffs rather than playing a healthy Sean Brown. Don't even remember this one.

9.) Trading Sean Brown for Bobby Allen. Brown was a guy who was asking (nay, complaining) for more ice time, when his skill level clearly didn't deserve it. This trade doesn't look so bad right now; Brown is playing for the NJ farm team, while Allen is captain of the RoadRunners.

10.) Trading Mike Grier for 2 draft picks. I thought that was a decent trade; used to draft JF Jacques, and Stortini I think.

11.) Drafting Alexei Mikhinov (no.17) ahead of Brian Sutherby in 2000's entry draft. Accoring to the Edmonton Journal, at last years trade deadline Lowe tried to trade Niinimaa for Sutherby. Despite his lack of NA prescence, I would take Mikhnov any day over Sutherby. Character can be had in the later rounds, while early rounds are best set aside for more skilled players.

12.) Drafting Jani Rita (no.13) ahead of Barret Jackman (no.17) in 1999's draft. This one certainly doesn't look good on them now, but it's easy to say that now, but a lot harder on draft day. Our management can't see the future.

13.) Not getting Barrett Jackman in the Doug Weight trade from St.Louis. Yep. Reasoner's working out though.

14.) Having too much depth at forward and very little on defense. Too much depth isn't a problem, but it's hard to argue the lack of depth on D. Time for Rita to go for a D prospect?

15.) Making it hard to like the Oilers: Comrie, Carter, Niinimaa, etc. .... Minus the Comrie situation, I like our team now more than I did this time last year, but that is only opinion.

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