Thread: Prospect Info: The 2013 NHL Entry Draft
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03-08-2013, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Nihiliste View Post
Is it worth it to tank?

1st overall picks: RNH, Hall, Tavares, Stamkos, P. Kane, EJ, Crosby, Ovechkin, Fleury, Nash, Kovalchuk, Dipietro
2nd overall picks: Landeskog, Seguin, Hedman, Doughty, JVR, J. Staal, Ryan, Malkin, E. Staal, Lehtonen, Spezza, Heatley
3rd overall picks: Huberdeau, Gudbranson, Duchene, Bogosian, Turris, Toews, JJ, Barker, Horton, Bouwmeester, Svitov, Gaborik
4th overall picks: Larsson, Johansen, E. Kane, Pietrangelo, Hickey, Backstrom, Pouliot, Ladd, Zherdev, Pitkanen, Weiss, Klesla
5th overall picks: Strome, Neiderreiter, B. Schenn, L. Schenn, Alzner, Kessel, Price, Wheeler, Vanek, Whitney, Chistov, Torres

Moral of the story, if you're not picking top 2/3, **** tanking.

Also note that a defensemen is literally NEVER the best pick out of the top 5 in the 11 years looked at here.
Tanking is sometimes necessary, but it doesn't substitute for front office competence. Tambellini's idiocy (although he's just a puppet for Lowe really) is proof positive of that.

For instance, I think the Preds would definitely benefit from bottoming out and getting another star. Right now that roster is basically Weber, Rinne, and a bunch of grinders. There's no other way they're going to significantly improve that roster unless they snag a bona fide star.

In any event, the Avs have "tanked" enough already. They need to take a step forward and possibly make the playoffs next season. And a smart GM will make a good pick no matter where he happens to land in the draft. The question is whether you believe Sherman/Pracey to be that guy. I have faith in Pracey at least.

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