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04-13-2013, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by bernmeister View Post
I respectfully disagree with you.
If we get good/great picks, and generally we should since we have a guru in Gordie Clark, then we should acknowledge the fact that building assets thru the draft will keep us strong and contending unless/until and appreciable core of key guys succumbs to injury/age. Drafting and developing is our best chance to extend that core with replacements.

Right now, we are still catching up. Recently, it feels like we've added just one guy/yr; Hagelin, and I would say Miller could be here. Kreider should be, given what he did in last year's playoffs, except for Torts, but that is a whole separate argument for another thread. And McIlrath needs more time/had a knee injury. Next year, we should fully realize Miller, probably have Kreider, and at some point, probably later, McIlrath gets at least cup of coffee here. But adding to these 2, which we don't feel here yet, could well be Fast(h) and esp. Lindberg, since we picture him as a bottom 6 C.

We have a few other guys who are maybes in the pipeline, but let's not jump the gun on them. So we really can use picks, especially higher picks, given we made a reasonable short term bet on Clowe.

But my key point here is, no, unless special circumstances restrict options otherwise, you always go for the strategy which yields the most/best assets, especially long term Neglecting draft possibilities to bet the farm and go for now is too much high risk.

You CUMULATIVELY build with more draft picks = more total/better talent = best chance to win.

Our course said picks are supplemented with smart trades. But the above pick strategy = best chance to have enough assets to play at dominate level, and still yield more assets for good trades.

Rejecting a good enough pick is not a good move.
Well you're going to have a real hard time convincing me on this. Personally I've always thought you to be very trade happy--Mike Milburyish trade happy.

Right now we have a 30 year old goalie--a great player and potential HOF'er when he retires--the gap is closing on him in respect to his getting older and in respect to other younger goalies coming along throughout the league closing the gap in talent. Practically every team in the league realizes right now they have to have great goaltending to win--goals and offense are down and defense is up--that is the trend the league is going in. The Penguins are the anomaly--not hard to figure out why when they have the two best forwards in the league. We are still ahead of the curve because not only do we have a great but we have 4 really good and in Staal and McDonagh's case 2 superb defensive minded d-men--though we do have a glut on the left side.

No way should the team take a step back while those pieces are in place by getting rid of a still young and very experienced legit 1st pairing shutdown d-man for a ****ing draft pick unless that player can immediately help the team in a substantial way and I'm afraid that is not going to happen with a #5 overall pick. Carolina would have to pony up more than that.

Furthermore this idea always going around that you have to give to get is ******** because there is no requirement that our team do either getting or giving. Carolina wants to get the Staal brothers altogether--well fine--we still don't have to accommodate them.

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