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11-16-2012, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Alklha View Post
Obviously it is still early days, but it is a great sign considering it was really the first without Jarmo Kekäläinen at the helm.
Doug Armstrong's history shows that he loves to stock up on second rounders and has gotten a lot of quality NHLers there.
From 2002 to 2007, the Stars had twelve 2nd rounders and got Daley, Loui Eriksson, Crombeen, Grossman, and Neal. That's an incredibly high hit rate.

In the same time frame (Jarmo was with them starting with the 2003 draft), the Blues had eight 2nd rounders and only Backes is a regular NHLer, with Palushaj another possible.

I don't know who was most instrumental in those picks for Dallas, possibly Les Jackson, but I don't think Armstrong played a small part. The jury is still out, obviously, but right after Armstrong left, the Stars don't appear to have drafted nearly as well from 2008 to 2010 as they had been under Armstrong.

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