Thread: Speculation: Winnipeg Jets 2013 Draft Talk
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11-16-2012, 07:07 PM
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I agree with your reasoning Holden. But with a couple of caveats:

1) Getting a pick for a guy who is 100% not going to resign, and when you are not going to make the playoffs seems like a good move to me. This would be the "get something for nothing clause". Of course you need to A) speak to the player and know for sure that he's not coming back, and B) be far enough out of the playoff race that trading the player for a pick doesn't cause a bubble team to fall out of the race and have the team thinking you are not trying to win.

2) Not all players drafted need to be held on to until they get to the AHL / NHL. I would guess that we could always deal a pick from the 2013 draft in 2-3 years or so if we have the good fortune of too many guys all being AHL quality.

From the 2009 draft Kassian, Rundblad, Ashton, Morin, Dumoulin, and Eakin are all examples of guys that were either traded before either playing in the NHL at all, or before making much of an NHL impact.

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