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12-15-2012, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Zandar View Post
Not sure why some are bold but there are others on this list that had more than a brief stop in the NHL. The Avs biggest issue in the past was drafting a lot of non-NA or putting an emphasis on size with their earlier picks. Hard to turn out top players when you do that. There are a some nice players who the Avs have drafted that have had success outside the NHL but never came over and played during their prime. If those same players were NA born then the Avs would have had a few more quality NHLers.
Because outside of Svatos due to injuries, those other guys were or are clear cut NHLers. I don't consider guys like Larsen or Willsie NHL regulars, because they have trouble finding NHL teams when they're UFA's, and bounce between the AHL and NHL all the time. Radivojevic had a good run but couldn't carve out a niche either and is playing in the KHL.

I consider a draft pick a good success if they stick in the NHL, or played a decent sized role over a medium amount of time like Niemo, who could probably still play in the NHL.

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