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11-26-2012, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by tsujimoto74 View Post
I'd be really into going forward/goalie in rounds 1 and 2. We definitely could use more talent up front, and a goalie prospect with projectable NHL potential would be nice.
I don't get the idea that we need a goaltender in Rounds 1 or 2. Look at the top-11 in SV% last year and their draft round and overall selection:

Elliott: 9th, 291st
Quick: 3rd, 72nd
Schneider: 1st, 26th
Halak: 9th, 271st
Lundqvist: 7th, 205th
Howard: 2nd, 64th
Smith: 5th, 261st
Lehtonen: 1st, 2nd overall
Kiprusoff: 5th, 116th
Thomas: 9, 217

Of the top-11, two were drafted in the 1st round. Lehtonen is oft-injured and, generally, a mid-tier goaltender. Schneider is solid, but still a bit unproven. Throw in what is often a depressed UFA market for goaltenders, and you can get starters there, as well.

I think the organization can vastly improve its top-6 depth at forward in this next draft. I'd rather not see a goaltender picked in the top-3 rounds.

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