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12-19-2012, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by kemisti View Post
Yeah but some of those dman shouldn't gave been taken at top 5. Hickey for example. He was a reach.

Schenn was never projected to have big offensive upside. Same with Alzner. Neither of them were projected to go 1st overall, same with JJ.

It's way too early to say that Gudbranson and Hedman won't have #1D ability or they won't compete for Norris. Same with Bogosian.

I think only Doughty and Hedman were competing for 1st overall and Larsson too?

EJ could have been much better if he hadn't blown out his knee. And he's still fairly young and can/will improve. Maybe not enough to warrant he's draft status, though.
That's precisely my point. The window for this team to win Cups is probably only open for another 3-5 years max with this core, probably less. Unless you plan to blow it up and do a full rebuild drafting D means you are essentially not going for it now and just hoping to build for the future. Ilitch may not want to wait for the next wave of players (he probably won't be around then) so he'll want to win now in all likelihood. The franchise center helps him do that. The franchise D probably doesn't pay off until 5+ years down the road, if at all.

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