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10-30-2012, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by HabsRock View Post
Meh, personally I think they made a mistake taking Yakupov. They had such a glaring need on D that they should have been able to trade down a few spots and pick up an extra d prospect and a pick. Then take riley or Murray or Reinhart. Maybe the asking price was just too high, who knows.....
I agree with this, but I don't think it was a mistake.

Yakupov was the least debatable pick they had. He was ranked first by virtually every scout, scouting agency, and professional observer in the hockey world. Taking Rielly or Murray or Reinhart is a classic terrible management mistake of drafting need over BPA.

So yea, they'd have to trade down like you suggested, but what if no suitable offers presented themselves? They'd need to get considerable value to make up for the difference between Yakupov and whoever they were targeting.

The only way it would have been a mistake is if someone had offered a deal worth more than Yakupov which was rejected. Just drafting Yakupov wasn't a mistake, IMO.

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