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02-06-2013, 03:58 PM
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JDinkalage Morgoone
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Originally Posted by Broad Street Elite View Post
I do think that we haven't developed one, I know that we haven't.... Heck, even the guys we drafted and traded to other teams haven't really blossomed into the top pairing defensemen that you want.

Why can't we? I don't know. It's hard to argue with our developmental track record for forwards, but it's pretty easy to see based on the results that we just haven't done it with defensemen. Basically, we rarely use early picks on defense regardless of the need. We trade those that we do draft away long before they reach their peak (and frankly we miss on those picks anyhow). We also probably don't put the organizational value on defensemen that many other teams do.
I wasn't asking why people think we haven't, I also know we haven't. I was asking what people think are reasons leading to this.

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