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02-07-2013, 12:19 PM
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Another fact about the depth Edmonton has built. Their top-5 forwards (Hall, Eberle, Hemsky, Yakupov and Gagner) plus Justin Schultz combined for 20 goals so far. All of those 5 forwards were 1st round picks.
The rest of the team (which is 17 NHL players) combined for only 3 goals in 10 games! And one of those 3 goals scored Blue Jackets' 6th round pick Lennart Petrell.
Is that how you build depth and develop prospects?
Perception is reality in drafting. Because of two unexpected late-round gems, Detroit acquired a reputation for being an exceptional drafting team despite the fact that it's quite clear that they are not. They've benefited enormously from the unexpected fall of a few players (who inevitably then get referred to as "the next Detroit late-round steal") on draft day.
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