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01-17-2013, 12:46 AM
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The problem with the Teubert (and Hickey) picks was that they swayed from drafting the best player available to going for an organizational need.
When they drafted Hickey, they didn't have any defensemen (aside from Johnson) with high end potential, which is what they saw in Hickey. They viewed Alzner as a finished product who had already reached his potential, whereas they were looking to hit a homerun with Hickey (and hit a ground ball).
They whiffed big time with Hickey, but part of the problem was Hickey's propensity of getting hurt because his body just took too much abuse from his style of play. Hickey was surprisingly physical for a player of his size, and that took a toll on him, hence the number of injuries he suffered from at critical points in his development. It didn't help Hickey that other defensemen in the pipeline surpassed him on the depth charts.
With Teubert, the Kings were going for a need once again. They felt that they had their puck moving defensemen already with Doughty, Johnson, Martinez, Hickey (and Voynov in round 2 of that same draft). They wanted a rugged defenseman and Teubert was advertised as such, he was supposed to be a man among boys and physically imposing.
I think the Kings would have preferred Luke Schenn as that player, but they couldn't move up high enough and went with the second best option as that physical stay-at-home defenseman that they wanted to eventually play on the right side with Hickey. Teubert and Hickey were also teammates on the WJC team.
Thankfully, the scouting staff was able to find talent that surpassed these prospects who failed and the Kings at the very least turned Teubert into a player who contributed to their Stanley Cup run.
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