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10-10-2012, 05:46 PM
Haute Couturier
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Originally Posted by Giroux tha Damaja View Post
I think the whole BPA stuff gets taken a little too far. If you're talking about the third rounds and later it makes sense, because the type of player those picks are likely to turn out to be are roster fillers. So you pick the best one available because you need to give yourself the best chance of just getting a player out of the deal. Once you're talking about top two picks, these are impact players. Unless one is so far beyond the other, positional need should be taken into account, because the player you pick is very likely to be making a contribution in the next couple of years.
It's just the opposite. The first overall pick is the most important pick in the draft. Teams cannot afford to screw it up. You always go with the best talent. Period.

I think people take drafting for need too seriously. You don't use the draft to fill holes on the roster. The draft is simply to find talent.

I like Jones, but compare the first forward taken in each draft to the first defenseman in each draft.

Heatley ----------- Klesla
Kovalchuk ----------- Komisarek
Nash ------------ Bouwmeester
Eric Staal ---------- Suter
Ovechkin ----------- Barker
Crosby ---------- Jack Johnson
Jordan Staal --------------- Erik Johnson
Patrick Kane --------- Karl Alzner
Stamkos ----------- Doughty
Tavares ------------ Hedman

The top forward is almost always guaranteed to be a star unless you're drafting for need like the Penguins did with Staal. That's not the case with the top defenseman. It's a much bigger crap shoot.

If the Flyers had the #2 pick I'd be more than happy with Jones, but MacKinnon is the much safer bet to be a star. Whatever team ends up with the #1 pick would be crazy to pass on him.

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