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01-25-2013, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Lshap View Post

Building from youth isn't something I grew up with or ever had to worry about. My first memory was watching Jean Beliveau score his 500th goal from a black-and-white TV smaller than the screen I'm typing on now. I grew up in the 70s when Montreal's calendar for the new year included a pre-printed Stanley Cup parade date. Draft picks? Who cared. We were the Harlem Globetrotters and the rest of the league was the Washington Generals. Bottom line: I'm old and I'm spoiled. Taking the long view of winning meant waiting until next week.
I'm your age, and as spoiled by the hab. But I can tell you that high draft picks were as important then as they are now. You just did not realize what Sam Pollock was doing, which was constantly collecting high picks while winning. He rebuilt while winning. I've never seen it since, with the exception of Detriot, who did it with luck.

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