Thread: Speculation: Burns, future forward for life?
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04-18-2013, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by OrrNumber4 View Post
From what I understand, the organization feels/knows it has deficiencies in drafting and developing both top offensive D-men and top two-way/physical D-men.

The former they feel is a developmental issue at the NHL level, which I suspect is why they brought Robinson on. They acknowledge that they haven't drafted many guys who could be premier offensive d-men, but they see that as a function of draft position more than anything.

When it comes to Burns/Blake/Pronger types of D-men, I know that the Sharks felt that was an issue more to do with development; they felt that they had drafted players with talent that people throughout the organization like Sommer/Ricci/Wilson mishandled. Personally, I would suspect that they have evolved on this issue. It is clear that players like Wishart and Petrecki were overrated from the start; it isn't like they went to Worcester and suddenly started "sucking"...
petrecki wasn't over rated i don't think, like robinson says he is nhl ready for what he was brought in for (murray replacement), big body, big hitter, sound defensively, and not an entire albatross on offense like murray is/was.

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