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01-25-2013, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by The Fading Captain View Post
Lots of the Blues picks were in the 14 to 20 range -- hardly blue chip territory.
Then you have a guy like Patrick Berglund. Drafted in 2006 25th overall.
313 games to his credit.
David Perron -- 26th overall in 2007 -- 295 games to his name.
vs
Brendan Smith -- 27th overall in 2006 -- 17 games to his name.

So it's not just about draft position.
Defensemen do take longer to develop than forwards, but I do agree with you.

For the sake of argument, we can all agree Detroit's first round drafting has been poor. If Detroit landed a 'blue chip' Perron in 2006, would his time table really have been much different than Nyquist's? Maybe by a year but that's the difference between the 1st and 4th round.

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Originally Posted by JmanWingsFan
Meanwhile, the Red Wings have spent the past 21 years winning and making the playoffs. They've had every reason to keep prospect development at a steady and slow pace so as to reload when time need be. They've been able to afford that luxury. What you see now are the effects of having that luxury overlapping to a time when we can't afford that luxury.
I think Jman nails the point right here. Detroit's picks may have sucked, but the reason Perron is making the jump almost instantly is because St. Louis is busy at the bottom of the pool in 2008 and picking up Pietrangelo.

Rebuilding on the fly isn't an easy feat. In fact, I don't believe it's been successfully done in the past decade. Every current contender has had a bottom 10 finish in the last 10 years. That's the point of a full rebuild, allowing a youth movement for a team. Detroit obviously hasn't had that opportunity, and in order to stay competitive they've moved a huge portion of that youth in favor of veterans.

Is it the best route? Probably not. Pens/Hawks proved the tanking model works and without heading that route soon, Detroit ends up in the same boat Calgary and Toronto have been in for a while. It was fun while it lasted but when the organization finally does realize a full rebuild is necessary, it'll unfortunately be a long one.

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