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01-22-2013, 08:20 AM
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Blind Gardien
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Originally Posted by Lafleurs Guy View Post
The more 1st rounders you have, the better your odds. If we were to land 2 or 3 extra first rounders or prospects, at least SOME of those will develop into good players. As for our own pick (likely a high one) that will help too.
All I'd say is the more 1st rounders you have, the better your odds of improving from that one element of your team-building process. But getting them inherently involves trading off from some other element. And, you're trading off something that is already of established value (otherwise your trading partner was hardly going to give up a 1st for them) for something with risk attached. So it's a risky process too. Obviously if you have expiring contracts who you don't expect to be able to re-sign (or who you don't feel are a priority to re-sign), then that makes it easier... Hal Gill and AK deals were good examples. Nobody on today's roster is in that category (yet).

Just have to wait and see how things progress this season. Always try to get better, but I don't think it would make sense to say today that this or that player is clearly a player we should trade for more risky draft picks. Some are of course much likelier candidates than others. But you still have to see how everything transpires first, you can't just go into a season with a "we're going to trade all our veterans for draft picks no matter what" philosophy.

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