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01-15-2013, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Bandit View Post
Not sure I can abide with losing a #4 overall pick without ever even putting him in a single NHL game. Seems like a total waste, regardless of what void we're trying to fill with Mitchell being out.
It is much easier to abide after winning a Stanley Cup

Hickey just was a calamity of misfortune. When we drafted him, we had hoped he would fill a 3-4 spot behind Johnson, but then he got injured, needed surgery, and then we drafted Doughty. By the time he was ready to go there was Johnson and Doughty ahead of him, and then was competing against Voynov and Martinez and wasn't able to beat them out for the 5-6 slot.

At the time of the draft, it was a decent pick, the rationale and reasoning was there, but due to injuries, excellent drafting of other picks, and him not living up to his billing, it just wasn't meant to be for him in LA.

Some draft picks fail, the key is that our scouting team hit enough on their lower picks to make up for it. I wouldn't be too hard on them, we've made out well these past few years.

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