Changing our draft strategy
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01-29-2013, 01:56 PM
DROP THE PUCK
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Of course I agree with you. But the fact of the matter is that drafting an offensive defenseman is often times more difficult. Teams put a premium on that offense from the back-end which means they are taken higher than other types of players. On top of that, they play a position, defense, where their main trait may not be defense. For some teams that's ok because of the way they play. For the Rangers, at least the past couple of years, that won't get that player any playing time.
Who is to say that this player can't play adequately on the defensive side of the puck?
What if he's more positionally sound then anything else? If he isn't directly hurting the team there, fine. And chances are if he has the puck you wouldn't have to worry about it anyway, the beauty of a good transition game.
They ARE a premium, but it doesn't mean they don't come from later then the first round.
There will be guys like that available in this draft. And i already suggested one of them. Will Butcher for example, has a ton of potential. That's just an example.
We are not talking about a 1st round pick here. Rangers have taken some gambles with their 2nd round picks.
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