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02-05-2013, 02:25 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
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I don't disagree with what you have said, I just disagree with factoring any of this into whom you are going to pick. You have to be careful about factoring that stuff in, as our scouts did in 2011. By Murray and Dorion's own admission, they didn't really consider a d-man in 2011 because we had Karlsson, Cowen, Rundblad and Wiercioch and a major void at forward, so they ended up going with the best forward on their board (Zibanejad on the Sens board). They each have been rather candid in saying they probably should have considered a d-man without mentioning Hamilton specifically (although they were also careful to emphasize they were very happy with Mika as a pick still). They didn't even invite Hamilton in for an interview. But one could certainly argue Hamilton would have been of better value to us long-term - and it's only been 18 months.
Time will tell, but the point is you just don't know how your depth chart and prospect development will change to anticipate a real future need many years down the road. For all we know Spezza might play another 8 years in Ottawa, and along with Turris give us an indefinite 1-2 combo. Even if Spezza's gone in a few years, perhaps a Turris-Da Costa-Zibanejad-Pageau quartet might be one of the best in the league in 2017. Or 3 of those guys might not even be NHL centermen and Turris might have regressed or become injury prone.
Regardess, unless you are a lottery team, you have no way of drafting a franchise center either - or at least counting on it. Even Monahan is a reach as a prospective franchise center and scouts aren't really seeing him that way - he is probably not even rated as high a guy like Couturier was in his draft year and most people don't believe he is a franchise center (I personally think he does have #1 center potential)
Take the BPA in the 1st round. Period.
Moving up to draft Drouin or MacKinnon would be going after the BPA. I'm not advocating going for someone that isn't BPA...I'm advocating making the moves necessary to get a forward of that calibre (Lindholm/Drouin/Monahan most likely).
It was always a mistake to take Zibanejad where we did. No offence to him, as I think he'll be a nice player, but Dougie Hamilton was the clear best choice there (at least IMO) and even though we couldn't foresee Cowen getting hurt we still weren't exactly deep with age and contracts factored in.
But yeah...Zibanejad was an error in judgement. A good player but he wasn't BPA and he didn't fill the need that we really had (which was finding a real offensive catalyst).
It's just too bad Strome was taken right before our pick.
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