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12-04-2003, 06:03 PM
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To add to the assessments of many other posters, it is a lot easier to pick the best players four or five years after the draft! Hudler is still very young, as is Pouliot.. it is foolish to assume that Jiri will be the better player simply because he cracked the Red Wings squad this year. The Oilers also "passed" on Havlat, Vrbata and Boynton in favor of Rita in 1999. The draft is essentially a modified crap-shoot when it comes down to it.. far more duds are drafted than studs! While the Oilers track record has been pretty dismal in the past, you can't completely blame management for not drafting a guy like Jackman.. obviously there was something at the time that made Rita look like the better NHL'er to them. Give Rita a chance at the NHL level as well before you start blaming management.. maybe he is a late bloomer! Lehtinen was drafted in 1992 and didn't start playing in the NHL till 1995!

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