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04-14-2013, 11:38 AM
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Wheathead
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Originally Posted by Roof Daddy View Post
I would say no. IF we were picking in that spot and IF Nichushkin were still there I think it would be a poor decision to pass him over. The Russian factor has been grossly overblown and we are seeing teams benefit greatly by landing top 5 talents in the mid/late first round (Tarasenko, Kuznetsov). He will spend 2 years playing in a men's league and all scouting reports point to him being Malkin-lite. Could play C or LW with Yak.

Don't get me wrong, Zadorov would be a solid choice as well there. Just one thing however - this team has gone full tank mode and I highly doubt we'll be selecting 10th when the time comes. My prediction is 1st overall via winning the lottery. We will be in the 6th spot by seasons end, and the 6th spot has never won the lottery. We got screwed in 2007, winning a meaningless game against Calgary to leapfrog the Blackhawks and finish in the 6 spot while the Hawks won the lottery. We picked back to back busts in 95/96 with consecutive 6th overall picks. We have a god awful GM whose only attribute is a lucky tie and troll faced smile that is intrinsically tied to picking 1st overall. The hockey gods owe us some positive mojo from the 6th spot. If we finish there, we win the lottery.
Based upon the criteria for the actual lottery, the chances of us winning are very slim.

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