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03-04-2013, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Sting View Post
Interestingly enough, other than Ovechkin, I don't think a single one of those players was drafted in the first round, much less in the lottery. Meanwhile, plenty of 6'4"+ defensemen have been drafted in the first round in the last 15 years. None of them are as good as Chara. Chara himself is one of only 4 or 5 defensemen drafted in rounds 2-7 in the last 15 years that stand 6'4" or taller to be notable players.

This is why we also drafted Noreau. He's going to be a guy who's purely a third-pair punisher, assuming he even makes the NHL.

McIlrath was drafted with the hope that he could be a first or at least a second pair defenseman who can also hit and fight. He's really not bad defensively. It's very rare that he gives away the puck or finds himself out of position.

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