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09-05-2012, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Ziggy Stardust View Post
It's nice that Dave Taylor left a parting gift for Lombardi. Although Quick and Kopitar never stepped foot on the ice nor were they contracted by the team when Taylor was still GM, he gave Lombardi those two important pieces (not to mention Dustin Brown as well).

It also helped that Lombardi parlayed some of Taylor's old acquisitions such as Tim Gleason (who I thought Taylor ripped off from Ottawa for Bryan Smolinski) and Eric Belanger and turned them into Jack Johnson, then turned him into a proven top six scorer in Jeff Carter.

Trying to think of what other Dave Taylor picks/players that Lombardi inherited then turned into something. I know that you could link the Cammalleri trade to Calgary with the Dustin Penner acquisition. Not sure of what others there are.
No offense Ziggy, but I don't agree much with the premise Taylor left the Kings with Quick, Kopitar and Brown (Brown I do somewhat). There's simply no guarantee that those players would have turned out the way they did under the Taylor regime, especially Quick. I'm not saying they wouldn't, but we KNOW they turned out under the way DL and Co. handled them. I personally don't know if I believe Quick would be this dominate without Ranford to help guide him, and DL brought in Ranford. Let's not forget what our goaltending history was like under Taylor. The lone legitimate goalie he ever developed, Huet, was traded away and had his best success elsewhere. The rest are mixtures of Roman Cechmanek, Jason Labarbera, Steve Passmore and Stephane Fiset with a nice run of Felix Potvin inbetween.

I'm not trying to bash DT here, but all he did with those three players is draft them. Only one, Brown, played under Taylor's squad and it could be argued he was rushed to the show as well. There's not enough credit given to development around these boards, but that is just as big of an issue as drafting is in reality. Development under DT was pretty weak (some of that wasn't his fault I know, but it was still pretty weak). Under DL, it is much, much better.

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