Changing our draft strategy
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01-30-2013, 09:29 PM
with the 10th pick..
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But everybody knew he had top five pick talent. His hockey ability was never in dispute. It seems like he fell solely based on fears that it'd be difficult to get him to come over. That's not a factor that should've deterred a franchise like the Rangers. It's not like with Giroux where nobody knew how good he really was. I'm not trying to start another moan fest over that pick, but it is going to bug me for a while unless McIlrath turns out in a big way.
this discussion will never end unless and until mcilrath plays in the nhl at a level equal to the best case scenerio described by gordie clarke in all his interviews after the 2010 draft. he is the guy who needs to justify and explain his reach for big mac. bottom line, he fell in love with a players potential and physical size and overlooked his general lack of high end hockey skill. and in doing so, he passed on a kid who was described as "the next great russian".
after the draft, gordie kept talking about macs character, and from all indications its top notch, but you are asking for trouble if you are basing your draft decisions on criteria that doesnt include hockey IQ as the most important single factor.
gordie fell in love with a dream that he could make this kid into something that is extremely rare in this league, a feared physical dman and fighter who can also play top 4 minutes.
gordie rolled the dice. bigtime.
meanwhile, tarasenko has 8 points in 6 games and is +5. fyi, he would be tied with gaby right now as our top scorer.
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