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03-20-2013, 02:42 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.

Nashville has never developed players like Toews, Kane, Sharp, Malkin, or Crosby. The Preds have always had decent two-way forwards that can grind and contribute some scoring here and there. What they have never developed is that dynamic game-changing forward. Wilson, whom you name, is the team's leading scorer so far. But he sits 89th in the league. Our top offensive threat barely cracks the 100-mark.

Erat was the best forward last year, sat 63rd in the league. Erat again the year before, 95th in the league. Go back one more year and its Hornqvist sitting at 91st in the league.

The homegrown forwards always have fit the blue-collar approach Poile and Trotz adhere to. Top forwards in this league are in a complete class above any player Nashville has drafted.

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