Hickey (NYI) & Clune (NSH) Claimed from Waivers
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01-15-2013, 11:57 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Manitoba, Canada
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I am not saying to turn a blind eye to it, or that Dean did everything right. I am just saying that there was good reasoning at the time of the pick, and that if you are expecting your scouting staff to be perfect, then you're in for disappointment.
Failed picks happen, and our scouting staff has done a very good job for us these past few years. They made up for there mistakes by hitting on more prospects in the later rounds. Doesn't make the pick O.K. but does the job of getting us to the Cup. Hickey had his chance and failed. The worst thing they could do is force Hickey in the NHL lineup to defend the cup in a shutdown role. Our staff says he won't fit the bill and I am inclined to agree with them over your assessment.
Dean tried to move him and couldn't. There is nothing he can do at this point. Hickey had to go. There was no other choice. The pick was a mistake, but our staff did their job, and Hickey didn't live up to his billing and lost out on his. They are not going to treat him special or risk wins in a mini-season to squeeze out a mid to late pick. We are not desperate for picks. We are in a win now mode.
Trust our staff to do that job and disregard their egos and draft pick titles.
Which totally misses my point.
I'm arguably the biggest draft supporter in here. I don't agree with how our scouting staff has handled the first round, but outside of that i think we have the best scouting staff in the biz.
What my point was is in regards to asset management. That only starts at the draft, but the way this particular asset has been managed for the past five years has led from it being worthy of a 4th overall pick to not being worth a nickel.
As I said before, I'm huge DL supported, but in this particular instance he messed up big time. Yes there were some other factors involved, such as injuries and Hickey underperforming given the talent he was assessed to have, but DL should have decided what to do a few years ago, not let an asset like this waste away to nothing.
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