Thread: Speculation: Who should we draft?
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04-21-2013, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by RaiderDoug View Post
So, you wouldn't trade Legwand for RNH? Or Yakupov?

You can't discount future performance. Despite your narrowing of the sample size so it fits your argument, even though Yak/RNH might have similar stats to Legwand this year, you wouldn't find single GM who would trade either one for Legwand.

Go over to the Oil boards and ask about Legwant for RHN or Yakupov straight up, see what happens.

No one is counting on a PPG player guarantee. But the chances of getting one rise exponentially the higher you draft. If you're not in the playoffs, who cares if you finish 18th, 23rd, or 29th?

You ever hear a Blue Jackets fan cheer about where they finished?

Isn't a couple extra meaningless points worth a greater chance at getting a Crosby or Ovechkin type?

Pittsburgh ended up with Crosby by 1 pt. You think those Penguin fans are bummed about losing 1 extra game 7 or 8 years ago?

Hell, you can make a case that the 1 less pt the Pens finished with singlehandedly got them an arena and kept then out of Kansas City.

Yep, that's totally not worth losing one extra game years and years ago.
Pittsburgh sucked for several years ... so did the Hawks ... they weren't the recipients of one early pick that fixed their woes after a lone bad season. As far as future performance, there is no guarantee of it. For all of the expressed desire of immediate impact by whomever we draft, the reality is most early draft picks give very Legwand like performances early on.

Nice hyperbole and supposition about a single point preventing the Pens from moving.

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