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02-04-2013, 11:54 AM
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If it's close in ability, in my opinion you take the forward. Look at the list of defensemen picked #1 overall, it's not that impressive. The mark of elite/great defensemen can be difficult to measure. It's not a position that you can dominate on with ability alone (see Tyler Myers). It's such a mental game where it's about constant focus, discipline, and reading and reacting. Drafting a defender because they have immense physical talent would make me very nervous.

Also, I believe an elite forward can help a team more than one elite defender. You can coach team defense, you can "system" it up, you can't coach elite offensive talent, you can't draw up a system that will score you a ton of goals.

TL;DR - Best forward available

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