Changing our draft strategy
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01-30-2013, 11:37 PM
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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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15 teams (including the team that eventually picked him) selected other players than Tarasenko before he was selected.
The harping on him is getting a little old. If the Rangers made a mistake, so did the other 15 teams (including the Blues who took Schwartz before him).
The draft is a crapshoot. Hindsight is always 20/20 and people are using hindsight to bash the Rangers organization.
But for most teams, being afraid of the Russian factor might be a legit concern. It shouldn't have been for this team. Hindsight is always 20/20, but there were plenty of reasons to believe at the time that a mistake had been made.
You want to talk about changing draft strategy? It's this obsession with drafting based on physical tools rather than mental accumen, despite the fact that the history of this league has shown time and time again that you don't have to be the biggest, the strongest, or even the fastest to be one of the greats. Niklas Lidstrom, for example, was the best defenseman in the league for over a decade, and he was none of those things. Those things help, but what you need most of all is the brains. And I'll take skill and talent, for that matter, over those physical attributes, too. No matter how fast or strong or domineering you are, it doesn't amount to much if you don't know how to play.
Draft polished, high IQ players. Stop with this madness of drafting kids that have gotten by in high school or juniors simply on their athletic ability, skipping the most important aspect of their development: learning to play the game strategically at a high level.
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