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11-08-2012, 11:48 AM
Hans Rutherford
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Originally Posted by Rowdy Roddy Peeper View Post
Did I say that?

I'm saying that if you're not getting another totally wart-free lotto pick anytime soon, and you virtually always defer to the safest-bet option (even when a top 10 pick affords you an opportunity to aim higher), you're assured to net lower-ceiling returns.

It's no mystery as to why our minor-league team can't score to save its life. It has precious little in the way of creative or dynamic talent, and that's because these characteristics haven't been priorities for the Pens staff at the draft table. Unimpeachable character and responsible system play can only get you so far if you can't put the puck in the net.
I just think you're chasing leprechauns here. Who exactly are these 'home-run picks' that we keep missing out on? It'd be one thing if teams were landing them every year, but that's not really the case anymore. If we were to swing for the fences with everyone of our picks, I think we'd be lucky to land about two NHL caliber player in a five year span. They could probably score but their game would come with some flaws as well and wouldn't be the kind of all-star players you'd hope they'd be. I think we know how important depth is, I don't think the Kings would have won the Stanley Cup without players like King and Nolan. Right now I our minor-league team is extremely raw and going through some growing pains, and sadly deferring to it's veterans. But there are cases like Jeffrey, who's probably one of the better later round picks in recent years, that absolutely tore up the AHL and showed a lot of promise and potential at the NHL level. I really think some of these picks do have its payoffs, and that every player that doesn't have skill bleeding out of their ass is destined to become the next Craig Adams.

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