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01-21-2013, 12:25 AM
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The only problem I see is that trading up to one of the major guys is pretty much not going to be feasible - about the only way we get one is if we end up in the top-5 or 6, or if some folks take a reach or two and we get a fortunate drop. It's like saying "I'd like to trade for another depth top-6 scorer, but I'd really prefer being able to trade for Claude Giroux." Of course one would prefer Claude Giroux. But some concept of realism and common sense has to come into play, and for some reason around here it is not yet common sense that trading up from the middle of the 1st round to the top of the 1st round is not a thing that happens.
Assuming that someone in the top-3 would even accept that (highly debatable), prospect depth isn't exactly something that you achieve once and then lean on for the rest of your days. It's a continually built thing. Taking shortcuts with it generally only makes sense when your roster is set and you're about to charge after a championship - not because you want to disclaim all faith in your ability to scout the middle of the first round in a deep draft and instead go after the new hotness everybody's talking about. That excites fans, but it doesn't necessarily make your team any better - or any more likely to be better.
I would much rather trust our newly revamped scouts to get a hit with three quality chances, rather than toss all those chances for an attempt at The Popular One (and thus an opportunity for the scouts to be lazy). Higher profile is not a guarantee, but trying to get it it when you're not already in position to have it fall into your lap is a pretty good way to end up on a wild goose chase. I would also
prefer that we have more quality prospects that can come together and develop side-by-side in Springfield - which can help
body in the system rather than just our One Single Superstar and thus lead to better team cohesion. (And maybe a Calder Cup chance for the farm team...
Fair enough. However I dont necessarily think we'll be in the middle of the draft, I'll hope to be. Yes I know you said so for the sake of the argument but just saying we have a chance if were in 6-10 range with our pick.
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