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03-17-2013, 04:26 PM
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I always feel that you draft BPA.
On the other hand the D-man vs. forward decision here has another wrinkle.
The Panthers have an organizational need for excitement... for buzz.
A forward does that far better than a d-man - even if at the end of the day their effect on the W-L column is the same.
More buzz => more ticket sales => more $14 heinekens sold => more profits => more money to spend on team improvement
If Mac & Hubs start lighting it up on ESPN highlights, that will be very, very good for the Florida Panthers... much, much moreso than having a Shea Weber quality d-man would.
While I also think along those lines and think scoring is more exciting than trying to prevent scoring, one thing to bear in mind. The Atlanta Thrashers had Kovalchuk and Heatley and then Kovalchuk and Hossa. Lot of good it did them. Just saying.
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