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Originally Posted by Kloparren View Post
90s, I blame Lindros. Teams kept thinking they'd get the next Lindros.
I'd like to touch on this for a second.

After Lindros was drafted in '91 we saw an increase of large talented forwards drafted in the first round. If you look at the first 24 spots (to adjust for smaller draft years in the past). Most notably

92 draft
Alexei Yashin (6'3 230)
Todd Warriner (6'2 190)
Ryan Sittler (6'2 195)
Andrei Nazarov (6'5 245)
Joe Hulbig (6'3 215)
Libor Polasek (6'4 225)

93 draft
Chris Gratton (6'4 230)
Rob Niedermayer (6'2 205)
Viktor Kozlov (6'4 235)
Jason Arnott (6'5 220)
Denis Pederson (6'2 205)
Mats Lindren (6'2 200)
Jason Allison (6'3 215)
Landon Wilson (6'3 225)
Todd Bertuzzi (6'3 225)
Eric Lecompte (6'4 215)

94 draft
Radek Bonk (6'3 215)
Jason Bonsignore (6'4 220)
Ryan Smyth (6'2 190)
Brett Lindros (6'4 245)
Ethan Moreau (6'2 220)
Wayne Primeau (6'4 230)
Chris Dingman (6'3 240)
Jason Botterill (6'4 220)
Chris Wells (6'6 240)

Compare that to the past three years

10 draft
Ryan Johansen (6'2 190)
Nino Niederreiter (6'2 205)
Brett Connolly (6'2 215)
Austin Watson (6'3 185)
Nick Bjugstad (6'6 215)
Riley Sheahan (6'2 210)
Kevin Hayes (6'3 205)

11 draft
Mika Zibanejad (6'2 190)
Mark Scheifele (6'3 190)
Sean Couturier (6'3 200)
Joel Armia (6'3 185)
Mark McNeill (6'2 210)
Tyler Biggs (6'2 200)

12 draft
Mikhail Grigorenko (6'3 200)
Radek Faksa (6'3 200)
Tom Wilson (6'4 210)
Tomas Hertl (6'2 195)
Mark Jankowski (6'2 170)

So we went from averaging 8.3 "big men" (6'2+) a year to averaging 6.0.

We can say its just a random change, but I'm not surprised in the slightest that people tried to repeat Lindros.

I also think people tried to repeat Brodeur with Fleury and DiPietro.

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