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11-25-2012, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Zathronas View Post
got a question for Flames fan, Why are they always going off the board with long term prospect?

Do management think the crop of star players at the NHL level will still be going strong in 7-8 years? That's my problem with picks like Jankowski and Gaudreau. They may pan out, but not for a long time.
Other guys on the board at the time (prior to trading down to 21st): Ceci (lower ceiling), Girgensons (lower ceiling), Maata (lower ceiling), Teravainen (long term as well). Neither of the d prospects, AFAIK, is expected to become anything beyond a second pairing guy, and Girgensons' ceiling is supposedly a middle-six centre.

Teravainen was similar to Jankowski, for different reasons. He's considered longer-term because of physical attributes (fairly short, very thin), while Jankowski is considered longer-term because he's just very raw and somewhat unknown coming out of a HS league. Both guys have higher projected ceilings than the other guys available at the time, and one thing the Flames desperately need is high ceiling prospects. A guy who will help in the immediate future as an average second line forward or #4 dman isn't what the team needs; they need to build a high-end core, and the Jankowski pick, while more of a risky pick, is directed at that goal.

Gaudreau, as everyone else has said, was a 4th round pick. There's nobody in the 4th round who's considered a player who will be helpful in the near future on their draft day. He was unquestionably the best choice they could've made at that position, and it looks like they'd have been entirely justified had they taken him in the earlier two rounds as well.

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