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02-12-2013, 12:23 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
I happen to have a copy of the 2007 THN draft preview next to my desk. Here are some notes from the CBJ page:
"(The fans have) been sold a bill of goods by management."
"(The team) arrived at the draft table the first five seasons with a clear directive from GM Doug MacLean to bring bigger, meaner, stronger players into the organization. The mantra: When in doubt, draft 'em stout."
"They keep suggesting center Derick Brassard will be ready next season, but it's time they stop rushing prospects to the NHL."
"(Kris) Russell, a third-rounder in 2005, is the first prospect of impressive pedigree they've landed beyond the first round." (The first round with MacLean wasn't too hot either)
At the time the issue went to press, Jim Clark was still the interim GM and Bob Murray was the leading candidate to take over in Columbus. I'm not going anywhere with this, simply providing context.
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Could part of exGMDM's success rate be because he was the GM of an expansion team? I would think it is easier for draft picks to make the NHL on an expansion team. Also, maybe exGMDM pushed his draft picks into the NHL even if they shouldn't have been. You are probably going to have a higher success rate if you bring prospects onto your team quickly. A team that doesn't may have less players make the NHL, but the ones who do are ready when they get there. How good you are is probably another factor. I would think more draft picks make bad teams. Just a thought.
This is certainly part of it. MacLean draft picks who ended up in the NHL include Andrej Nedorost, Cole Jarrett, Petteri Nummelin, Greg Mauldin, Joakim Lindstrom, Steve Goertzen, and Adam Pineault. Most of the players who hit that 160-game threshold would never have hit it if not for MacLean's inability to put talent in the system.
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Howson has yet to draft
a player who has turned out as well as Nash or even Klesla. And it is not as if he hasn't had picks as high as MacLean did.
I'd argue for Voracek over Klesla, even at the time that Voracek was traded. Columbus under Howson has never had a pick as high as the one used on Nash, and the only one that comes close was spent this past summer (Ryan Murray).
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