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03-04-2013, 09:16 AM
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The followup question then becomes "did anyone think of that draft as being particularly strong w/r/t blueliners?"
I think part of what makes folks want to focus on forwards is not just organizational need, but also a perception that this draft's forward depth is particularly potent.
Not to give a flippant answer but this draft is deep for both. It may be slightly deeper for forwards, but there are quite a few D-men with alot of potential. Nurse, Pulock, Risto all have two-way first pairing upside IMO and there are others like Morrissey who can be PPQB's or Santini who can be shut down guys.
The Forward Crop is perceived as deeper for a couple of reasons. First, There are theoretically three forwards (Mackinnon, Drouin, Barkov) that are theoretically in the discussion for first overall. Second, Depending on how the first round breaks we could see a run on forwards that forces most of the aforementioned d-men pushed out of the top 10 (After the three previously mentioned forwards you have Lindholm, Monahan, Shinkaruk, and Nichushkin with Domi and Erne potentially pushing for top 10 spots as well). Finally, there are quite a few high ceiling guys like Mantha, Lazar, Klimchuck, Rychel who will be available in the late 1st/ early 2nd round.
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