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10-23-2012, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Agnostic View Post
I can remember discussions about how David Wilkie, Brad Brown, and Rory Fitzpatrick were going to be top end defenders and cornerstones of a solid defence. They weren't . But a young Craig Rivet surprised, then a 6th rounder named Andre Markov came along. Michael Ryder? Who is he? An 8th rounder who scored 85 goals over 3 seasons. Bottom line is the talent doesn't often come from where or at the rate the average fan thinks. There are surprises good and bad on the prospect front. Fans shouldn't list them all out and pen them in for greatness. The game is too cruel to the fans on that front.
Nathan Beaulieu and Jarrod Tinordi could turn into Ron Hainsey and Mike Komisarek.
Louis Leblanc could turn into Chris Higgins.
Alex Galchenyuk could have more injuries.

With that said however, the fundamentals of our farm system are strong.

- We have 5 2nd rounders in the 2012 and 2013 drafts.
- We have 8 picks over 7 rounds in 2013, with 2 additional 2nds and 1 missing 4th, for an unusually deep draft. We should also expect a high 1st if there's a season, which will mean a high 2nd as well. The Calgary 2nd might be high as well.
- We actually did draft very well in the period 2003-2011, however what went wrong was asset management. A lot of productive NHLers have left us and we have nothing to show for it. We have a different GM now, and better scouting and player development and player psychologist in place. Errors will still happen but we have a stronger framework in place to reduce their probability.
- We have not traded away a 1st rounder since 2008. We're missing a 2007 1st (Ryan McDonagh) and a 2008 1st (turned into Greg Nemisz by Calgary). Since then, Louis Leblanc, Jarrod Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu and Alex Galchenyuk have stayed within the system. We didn't trade any of these picks in the context of a campaign to achieve the glory of 8th place.

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