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11-12-2012, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by JTG View Post
Well now we're back at this point.

Who is the world is to say DP wasn't Shero's BPA? Because a couple "draft experts" said he wasn't? Because he isn't the guy people liked here?

Every single bit of literature I read had DP going where he went. I think he was, at most, over-drafted by a 2-4 spots, but if Ray and his staff feel that this kid can be a game breaker from the back end, no reason to wait around.

And with how this team plays the game, a defenseman who can retrieve pucks and seamlessly get it up to the forwards is vastly more important than a winger.
They may well have thought Pouliot was BPA.

But if - as you suggested - they defer to picking defensemen because they've shown they can develop them (and shy away from selecting a highly-skilled forward because they don't have confidence they can develop him), then that would go beyond BPA, and be a serious problem that would need to get addressed rather than avoided.

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