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01-10-2013, 11:11 AM
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Psuhockey
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At that point in he draft, if both players are equal, it is better to take the forward. Forward talent is easier to project into the NHL than defensemen. That is why there are very few all star forwards coming in the back end of the 1st round let alone after the 1st round while all-star defensemen come in every round. Quick look at the top 15 scoring forwards last year, 9 were picked in the top 5, 3 were picked in the rest of the 1st (12, and 2 at 22) and 3 were in the 2nd. Top 15 defensemen for ice time, which is better than points to account for defensive defensemen, 4 were picked in the top 10 with two others for 6 total in the 1st, 2 2nd rd ricks, 3 3rd rd picks, a 5th, a 6th and two undrafted free agents. Hamilton could be a star or he could be the 4th or 5th best dman out of players picked after him in the draft.

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