2013 Official NHL Draft Discussion Thread
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03-17-2013, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by
A Pointed Stick
You need defensemen. You don't need Europeans. That's why your analogy doesn't really work. I do want them to avoid Russians at all costs for the obvious reason.
Considering draft picks take 3-5 years to pan out, you don't draft on need.
There still is not valid reasoning nor proof that Garth and co wouldn't select a European-based player in the 1st round, as they've already selected a European (Niederreiter) and have selected several from Europe in the 2nd (Pokka, Sundstrom, Koskinen) and later rounds (Ullstrom, Nilsson).
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