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11-08-2012, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by FrozenRoyalty View Post
If you're happy with "one-and-done," great. If not, a team needs to continue to draft and develop well.

Hickey is part of that. Although many considered him a draft bust awhile ago, and might be proven right, we still don't know that. Hence, it's still a legit story.
You can afford to miss here and there when you have good drafts rather than a good draft pick. Hickey is also one of the few, if not only, high draft pick that has been given all the time in the world to develop in the minors until he earns a spot. The old Kings would have thrown him right into the fire like Aki Berg, sink or swim. IMO, when you can afford to have Hickey toil in the minors you've done a great job drafting overall.

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