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02-25-2013, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Nihiliste View Post
The problem with 2008 had nothing to do with development and everything to do with a horrible draft.

Pracey was still a big part of the scouting team at this time was he not? It makes me wonder how much of our great draft in 2009 (O'reilly, Elliott, Barrie, Patterson - excluding Duchene bc lottery pick) was luck. 2010&11 (Hishon, Pickard, Aitokallo, Siemens) are fine but not spectacular outside of the obvious pick of Landeskog. Too soon to say on 2012 but I'm really not a fan of Heard with our 2nd.
They changed their draft approach considerably between 2008 and 2009. 2008 was already a bad draft with maybe 20 players drafted before Gaunce that will be NHL regulars...and Gaunce went 50. Pracey is an OHL guy hence the Gaunce pick. Since then they have gone after specialty players in the non-OHL/WHL/NCAA leagues as shown by the Bournival and other picks. Heck even the W picks have been Ds or two way forwards.

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