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12-29-2012, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Mayor Bee View Post
7 years of Doug MacLean, with almost no NHL talent to show for it during that entire time, is what stunted everything.

It's become popular to unload on current GM Scott Howson. But to be perfectly honest, look at the roster and farm system he inherited. If you look at the roster in June of 2007, it looked like an expansion draft roster that had Rick Nash on it. No other under-30 NHL talent except Nikolai Zherdev. No one in the farm system to speak of. The drafting/development has been night and day since the MacLean days, but it's not an overnight process to pull out of that.
As a Kings fan, I know all about poor drafting and development. The Kings didn't do it for basically the first 30 years of the franchise. Then they started to build after trading Gretzky, then they traded Jokinen for Palffy(a tough trade to turn down, but the Kings as an organization at the time weren't ready for it). The Kings didn't truly stick with rebuilding the organization from the ground up until Lombardi, and his job was on the line after 6 years, until the Kings won the Cup.

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