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01-22-2013, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by offdacrossbar View Post
we dont draft russians.

if his name was miller or smith or whatever. hes a ranger.

I think that's taking it to an extreme. You are right in saying this organization drafts "safely" and NA players are known for a work ethic and that's something the Rangers obviously value going forward. Safe picks lead to regular NHLers and they have value too. They just proved it by trading away two of them to get the difference maker a player like Tarasenko could be in Rick Nash.

I think at the time a guy like Wrath was more valuable to the organization as well from a need standpoint. They needed top-6 talent as well but the blueline was lacking a lot of snarl and size. Without Sauer, it still is.

Maybe it was a pick based on emotion rather than logic, but what's done is done. The Rangers are in a good place and if they were still mired in mediocrity while Tarasenko was lighting it up, lamenting about it might be more cathartic.

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