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03-16-2013, 01:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris Hansen View Post
When we refer to Chicago's Cup team, I assume we're not referring to picks like Cam Barker and Jack Skille. Neither were on the roster when the Hawks won in '10.
What does that matter? The Hawks were terrible for a long time and got a lot of high picks. The only difference is that they were slightly better than the Oilers have been, and for a much longer period of time (so far).

If you use Chicago as a model, the Oilers should still be bad. And the difference between picking 1st overall and 3rd overall is negligible most of the time because most drafts don't have guys like Crosby at the top.

So, yes, that is how Chicago was built. The fact that multiple high picks of theirs didn't pan out doesn't change that.
I do agree, though, that other management decisions were crucial. Acquiring guys like Sharp and Campbell and signing Hossa and hiring Quenneville, as the biggest examples. Edmonton needs to start doing those things this offseason in order to attain upward movement.

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