Thread: Speculation: 2013 NHL Entry Draft
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03-15-2013, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by FadeToBlack View Post
For a guy that has all the markings of a franchise D-man? Yeah. Mac is good, but I personally place him behind Drouin and would take Jones over both. Much tougher to find a franchise D than a franchise C or W, and hence, they will return more in a trade.
Franchise d-men also take too long to develop whereas a forward can contribute more quickly. We need production sooner rather than later.

I also don't want us to draft and develop a defenseman only to see him leave when he becomes productive. There is the same chance that a forward will leave when they go unrestricted, but at least we get some good contribution out of them.

Franchise D are also not as scarce as you make it seem, they are often available via free agency.

If we don't draft either Mac or Barkov, I will be disappointed. We need some good depth at centre, it's something this team has lacked since the beginning and makes a huge difference at both ends of the ice.

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