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10-22-2012, 12:25 PM
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Id be interested to get a Pens scout's take on our #8 pick. Was our organization simply sold on Pouliot or do they have so very little confidence in their ability to develop a top 6 forward that they'd pass on a top 5 forward in the draft.
(I agree with your post)
I don't know if I am just picking out a single word out of your post, but...
How many top 10 forward picks really need to be "developed"? Most top 10 forwards are what they are at this point. They obviously have been successful up to being drafted in the top 10, and usually can continue that success without much help outside of conditioning and nutrition guidance. I think top 10 forwards are a MUCH SAFER bet than top 10 defenders. I don't ever see why you'd risk a top 10 pick on any defender (ever).
Are any of these guys top 10 picks?
I'd suggest that over just about any given time period, I can pick 3 defenders out of the late 1st and second rounds and they will be better than the best 3 defenders taken in the top 10 during that period. The same certainly cannot be said about forwards.
IMO you only really "develop" low draft picks to try to make them serviceable NHLers. The reason they drafted Pouliot is because they are lazy IMO and he was there in front of the scouts while drafting Morrow. Just look at all of Shero's picks and how they relate either to past picks or "sons of past NHLers". I don't think many will accuse the Pens of being a systematic (stat & results based) drafting club with their recent picks.
I still look to Jordan Staal as being the only NHLer that Shero drafted since 2006.
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