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03-15-2013, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Sakich View Post
IMO, this is exactly what we should be doing with mid round pics. We draft skill in the first round, defence in the 2nd, fill holes or long shots with everything else.

The reality is that the vast majority of 3rd round pics will never contribute as much as Brown doing right now. The majority of 3rd round pics will never see one NHL game. The ones that do are usually guys who offer a specific skill like fighting or 3rd line grinder.

Trading away mid picks for guaranteed results is smart asset management.
Thanks to Tyler Dellow, here's a list of notable guys drafted in the 3rd and 4th rounds between 2000-2004 who made it to the NHL:

Kurt Sauer, Mike Rupp, Dominic Moore, Lubomir Visnovsky, Niclas Wallin, Tomas Plekanec, Patrick Sharp, Christian Ehrhoff, Jordin Tootoo, Gregory Campbell, Valterri Filppula, Tom Gilbert, Clarke MacArthur, Jan Hejda, Tyler Kennedy, Ryan Callahan, Alex Edler and Johan Franzen

Point being is, even though you are dealing a lower pick, you still need to be careful about who you are acquiring because these guys do turn out quite a bit. For a team who wants to follow Chicago's model to fit under the cap, you need to draft these guys to fill the remainder of the team.

You could say Detroit uses smart asset management by using their first round picks as trade bait because they get similar value players later in the draft anyways. Our scouting staff isn't Detroit's, but a draft pick we trade for Brown could easily become a way better player down the road, as shown above. This isn't a problem if it costs a lesser draft pick, but a 3rd or a 4th is still significant for a team who isn't a cup contender yet.

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