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12-07-2012, 07:45 AM
Chapin Landvogt
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Originally Posted by redbull View Post
From 1998 - 2010 the NYI have only drafted SIX defensemen in the 1st or 2nd rounds.

2009 Entry Calvin de Haan
2008 Entry Aaron Ness
2008 Entry Travis Hamonic
2005 Entry Dustin Kohn
1999 Entry Branislav Mezei
1999 Entry Kristian Kudroc
That really isn't many, and surely not much of an impressive bunch.

I know of at least one time in that period where the the team didn't have a first or a second rounder, but I guess the big thing to mention here is the general (leaguewide) trend towards taking forwards with high draft picks. At least this has played a role in recent years, even if '12 was a bit of an exception in the top 10-12 vis--vis the prior few drafts.

Sadly, no matter what the round, and despite many years of high picks, the team has yet to grab a real all-round workhorse of a defenseman over the past 20 years who the team could build the blueline around.

The best thing that could possibly happen to the Isles on the drafting front (and surely, grabbing MacKinnon would also open a world of dreamy possibilities) would be to see Seth Jones somehow fall into their hands. That would be just the kind of stud who could be their all-everything blueliner for the next decade.

The chances of that happening are not promising at the moment.

I'm still hopeful regarding Reinhart, Mayfield, Pedan, Pelech and deHaan & Donovan as well. So we will wait and see.
As mentioned in a previous post, we're fortunately finally looking at a situation where, by the time the team is playing in Brooklyn, it should have a blueline capable of taking on most all challengers, which could/should realistically consist of at least 4 of our own draft picks.

In addition, Snow should have a few nice trading chips out of this group.

Still, about the most exciting thing about the Brooklyn news from a player acquisition standpoint is to see whether Snow will actually do things differently with respect to, uhhh, acquiring players. One way or the other, the 'NCMC' has long been part of the excuse/reason for not being in a poisition to acquire bigger name players. Will that now change, especially with an impressive group of youngsters coming up?

Looking at our current blueliners and some of the recent draft picks, just imagine if Snow could actually bring in two bonafide studs to man the blueline?

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