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02-06-2013, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by CalderKing21 View Post
the Avs weren't exactly churning out top prospects at any position during the last few years before the first lockout.
our minors were not that great and hadn't been since the Hejduk,Drury,Tanguay years of development.
Forsberg was having injury problems and the depth was not that great. but still we didn't draft guys or didn't develop em when we did.

the Avs fell in love with signing free agents and making big trades and never learned how to properly build during the latter years of PL's run as GM.
doesn't matter what you have in the NHL, there is always a big need for high quality prospects in the pipeline.
a lot of other teams have adjusted to the last two CBA's and for some reason we haven't, that speaks to a internal problem and that needs to be rectified.
I don't really disagree. PL never really seemed put much stock into the draft (other than using them as assets for big trades). The Avs only really seemed to pay attention to it when they knew a a rebuild was going to have to happen (post lockout).

Still if you look at the number of players that played 300+ games (roughly 4+ seasons when you account for injuries) that were drafted by the Avs (1995-2004) you have a pretty decent list of players (even if none of them are really superstars). Marc Denis, Brent Johnson, Pahlsson, Willsie, Hinote, Parrish, Nieminen, Parker, Skoula, Tanguay, Regehr, Vrbata, Radivojevic, Liles, Sauer, Svatos, McCormick, Gilbert, Richardson, and Wolski. Jones and Boychuk have less than 300 games but will get there. Not all of them were developed by this organization, but they at least scouted them and used them as assets.

Parrish, Skoula, Tanguay, Regehr, Vrbata, Liles, Svatos, Gilbert, Boychuk, and Jones were all used as top6/top4 for multiple years at some point in their careers.

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