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01-16-2013, 10:56 AM
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Illinihockey
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Originally Posted by Blue Liner View Post
Very true but no one can deny the success they had drafting in the lower rounds in their history previous. Lidstrom 3rd Round, Fedorov 4th round, Datsyuk 6th round, Zetterberg 7th round, Johan Franzen 3rd round and could name a few other key role players who were taken in the 2nd round or later. Even finding ONE Hall of Famer in a later round is impressive. They managed to find a few.

But as you said, that magic has seemed to have fizzled out the past five or six years and I won't lose a minute of sleep over it.

EDIT: Forgot Holmstrom in the TENTH round.
They were way ahead of the curve in scouting Europe and Russia for players. It was their version of money ball.

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