Thread: Value of: Erik Johnson
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01-28-2013, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by OriginJM View Post
man you love emphasis

and why would you pick out an exception for my 3rd rounder example? yeah i can namedrop datsyuk and lundqvist for being picked in later rounds but its very common most players picked past the 3rd round don't see the NHL except for some injury stints

and if it was so obvious then EJ would be a star and used as an example for a top defensemen on these boards, but guess what, he never is. i'm glad he's playing well a couple games into the season but that doesn't change the fact that his draft team gave up on him and he has been pretty mediocre his entire career.
That team drafted Pie (was ahead of EJ on the learning curve) and needed scoring help. Plus they got Shattenkirk. That trade is a very good example of trading from a stregnth to fill a weakness. It worked out for the Blues and looks to have worked out for the Aves.

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