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Derrick Pouliot | Defenseman | Portland (WHL) | 1st Round, 8th overall
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11-22-2012, 12:42 PM
Join Date: May 2006
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The lynch pin of this deal for a long time was the inclusion of Ryan Murphy.
Once it was decided by Carolina brass that Brandon Sutter could move in a deal for Staal, it became a matter of negotiating the rest of the pieces obviously. Carolina is astronomical high on Murphy, for right or wrong it remains to be seen, and were not all that keen on including him. Carolina had not identified a target at 8th overall that would compel them to keep the pick, other than those that presumably went 1-7th, and likely didn't pull the trigger on the deal until all their own targets were taken and Pittsburgh's target was still available. If something inexplicable happened and Yakupov slipped, they'd want to be there to capitalize.
The thing about Murphy is that, as you said, the risk is incredibly obvious. His deficiencies have never been hidden. Since Don Cherry put him on notice at 16 years old and told his viewership that he was going to be the 1st overall pick in his draft class, the eyes of scouts have never been far away from him. What he does possess is that intangible offensive talent and next level skating that draws comparisons to some of the greats. He'll never be a total shut down defender in the NHL, but some have said that a Paul Coffey type career wouldn't be out of the question.
Pouliot is a great pick, but Carolina was calculated in their risk to not trade Murphy.
Appreciate the different perspective, but is there anything other than idle speculation to support this?
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