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02-16-2013, 06:39 PM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I reject this theory. We frequently see examples of elite talent drafted before AND AFTER our picks. Better scouting plays a large role in that. While it is undoubtedly easier to pick elite talents with higher draft picks (because at that point there's a lot more research data available), it is certainly not a requirement, and therefore it SHOULD NOT be a goal.
It's far easier for teams drafting after the Jackets to develop players in a winning environment where they are surrounded by veterans.
The Jackets are stuck in the area where they aren't able to get elite forwards who can immediately give the team a boost, but not in a postion where they have the ability to develop players.
You take a player like Cam Fowler, who drops into the Duck's laps and they can immediately put him into a solid defensive group and have him live with Scott Niedermayer's family. If he was drafted by the Jackets, there's a good chance he would be labeled a bust right now and the Ducks would have drafted a different defenseman who would be a star.
With this draft class, hopefully there's more depth of talent. It's not just one or two forwards with first line potential, but 5-6. But there has to be the right atmosphere for them to be successful and they have to be surrounded by quality teammates.
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