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03-16-2013, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by leafspring View Post
McLaren #203 07 draft Colin Greening home grown #204 05 draft, Joe Vitali 195 home grown penguins pick 05 draft. They actually always happen but take longer to develope. There are a couple every draft. With scouting like you say it is makes it all the better chances of getting a solid pick there.

Pekka Rinne 258 04 draft not to shabby either. Thats a 8th rounder!
I would also add that most (if not all) teams are actively investing monies and signing undrafted free agents from colleges and juniors every year. Not all will work out, but some always do...and a few of those will star. In theory, every one of these signings could have been secured for a 7th rd pick in their draft years, but for many reasons including "inadequate" scouting, they were overlooked. The point is that the players are out there. So having those low round picks gives you more chips in the game...much like a lottery ticket

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