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09-04-2012, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by CM PUNK View Post
there are plenty of top players picked after the rangers pick every year...picking in the top 10 helps but doesn't guarantee anything either.

there is a reason why some teams like nj and det pick late in the 1st round every year but continue to draft and develop players and remain competitive and teams like columbus and the isles pick top 5ish and continue to suck

and we have stockpiled those players cause those are the type of players we've drafted. we have focused on character, seemingly at times at the expense of talent, but there has been plenty of top talent that we passed on.
You are speaking to the exceptions rather than the rules. Detroit has been a very good team for so long because they were able to hit home-runs delving into Russia and Sweden prior to most teams. Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Holmstrom, Lidstrom.

Do they draft well? Of course. But even most Detroit fans know that once Datsyuk and Zetterberg start to falter they will have some problems filling those top slots.

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