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03-20-2013, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Webersmashpuck View Post
I hate the misconception that we are bad at developing forwards. We have never had the homerun talent, but we are definately not some terrible team at developing top 6 forwards. We have Legwand, Wilson, Radulov, Hartnell, Hornqvist, and Erat all top 6 forwards all from our system.

Lets take Chicago for example they are dominating with a killer offense they must have many more top 6 forwards in the same time span,

Toews, Kane, Ruutu, and maybe Bollard and Brouwer if you really stretch the definition, thats it.

Pittsburgh - Crosby, Staal, Malkin, and Malone

The crazy thing is I went looking at teams who got top 6 forwards, and we are one of the better teams at developing forwards, especially since we didn't have number 1 picks like Chicago or Pittsburgh.
It's not so much an issue of development, it's the type of forwards we draft combined with expectations.

Austin Watson is a good recent example. His upside is essentially "solid offense, excellent defense. 20-25 goals"

Sound familiar? It's Mike Fisher.

Poile was once quoted as saying that they feel like you have to make your first round picks count. They have to play in the NHL, and as a result, he likes to play it safe. They try to take players they are certain will make the NHL with their early picks, even if it's not in the highest capacity. If you have player A...a guy that will play in the NHL, anywhere from line 2 to 4...or Player b, a guy that has a ton of skill, and will either play in the top two lines or not at all...Poile has historically taken player A, with only a few notable exceptions.

Remember this, if Poile comes up to draft at 10 and has a choice between Hunter Shinkaruk and Curtis Lazar.


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