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12-19-2012, 07:27 AM
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Henkka
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That forwards vs. defencemen can be a misleading comparison. Defencemen's development needs more seasoning, so most them catch their career peak later than young forwards usually have. So it's easier to say that "forwards were better", if you just look the latest years.

So with forwards you get faster help, but on long run those defencemen can be as important to the organization than the forwards.

I'm doing this "GM-book way" in some keeper league. First I draft a great defence with lots of quantity in early years, then I start drafting forwards with quality. They should peak at the same time and the championships will come.

In a cap world, if you draft a great offence first, you just get a high scoring team with bad defence and expensive contracts (like Edmonton). But like St. Louis, drafting a great defence that turns to be a low-scoring team even with great offensive forwards that jump in later (like St. Louis) you control the salary cap pretty easily.

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