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11-12-2012, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Xokkeu View Post
Really? Because it was fairly simply reasoning.

Pick the better player between a forward and a defender, compare him to the very next opposite position player drafted.

I hope now you've learned a valuable lesson.
Still did not because I think this reasoning is flawed. Just because it simple doesnt make it correct. un fact, the reason why I think its flawed is because its overly simplistic.

Position is ALWAYS a factor, however it isnt the only one.

Skill level, character, likelihood to sign, injuries, are all included factors when deciding one player over the other.

Now say, you have two prospects you simply love. Both have the potential of being key players, both have tons of character, both want to sign with your team. Now, you only have ONE pick, so how do you choose? Thats when position comes into play.

So lets take your Toews-Wishart example. If you are team that wants a defensman, sure, Wishart has Toews beat. But dont forget to consider the rest of the factors. It was clear back then that Toews skill level were a tier higher than Wishart. Put all the factors together and you gave Toews at tier one and Wishart at tier 2. Now if Wishart was at similar skill level, then position comes into play

To summarize, you are oversimplying things. you are right, position should not be the only factor teams use to pick players, but it is a factor nonetheless.

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