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12-13-2012, 02:48 AM
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Vankiller Whale
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A question I ask myself is what would it cost to acquire that type of player via trade.
Lappierre cost us a 3rd.
Higgins cost us a 3rd + Evan Oberg

You can get some pretty solid players for 2nds and 3rd if you are crafty. I'm not a fan of drafting prospects who's upside is at best what you can get for the pick anyway. I have to hope Gaunce turns out better than an average 3c. If he turns out to be a Paul Gaustad clone you might as well have just given up the first for Gaustad. The only benefit is a million or two saved but a long wait in the mean time.
I agree one hundred percent. Never make the "safe" pick if there's a guy with a much higher upside.

Supposing over 6 years, you can either draft a guy who will one-hundred percent be a bottom-6 player, but unlikely to surpass that, or a guy that has about a 1 in 3 chance of becoming an impact top-6 forward.

At the end of the day you'll either have 6 bottom-6 players or 2 top-line forwards. And it's a lot easier to fill bottom-6 holes via trade/UFA than it is for high quuality players.

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