Dean Lombardi: The Architect
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09-05-2012, 12:38 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Manitoba, Canada
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Right, but it was still DT and his staff who made the picks. Regardless of their development system and their philosophy, which caused them to be fired and replaced by Lombardi with an opposite view, they still identified the talent and had those three players stocked for the future.
Oh I agree, and I'm not trying to bash on DT here. Thing is though some people seem to want to almost place DT on the same level as DL (not meaning Ziggy with that, just some people in general) all because of three draft picks, two of whom weren't even playing pro in North America when DL came on board.
Even in the article in this thread (great article overall btw), you have this comment on DT drafting Brown, Kopitar and Quick: "Dave Taylor had thus laid the foundation for the kingdom that would be completed by Lombardi in 2012."
I'd say those three draft picks maybe account for 10% of the Kings success at winning the cup. The reason I drop it down so much isn't because I'm saying those players had little impact on the playoffs, of course they did. Rather, I'm saying that all of the development and growth those players had under DL were far more important to their careers than simply being drafted. Being drafted is just the first step in the journey.
In my dealings with players over the years when I was a journalist (including for this site way back when) I'd say that the most difficult part is getting some players to be able to make a successful jump from amatuer player (in some cases, such as Quick's, not even a stand out junior) to sudden fame and fortune in the NHL. In Kopitar's case, that fame came literally over night, from european player and prospect to number one centre in the NHL making millions. Stuff like that can easy wreck a player.
I tip my hat to DT and his crew for drafting Brown, Kopitar and Quick, but not for their development, growth and eventual handling of arguably the three best performances by Kings players in the 2012 playoffs. That to me goes to DL and his group, and that's a much bigger piece than calling their name at the draft floor.
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