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10-11-2012, 01:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Haute Couturier View Post
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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