Thread: Speculation: Who should we draft?
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04-21-2013, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by 101st_fan View Post
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.
Who cares what they do "early on". You're drafting a guy for about the next decade. Or more. Shea Weber wasn't Shea Weber "early on".

What's with the "early on" obsession? Early on, Dany Heatley scored more than Sidney Crosby. Would you make that trade today?

I don't think it's a stretch to link someone like Crosby to the Pens future in Pittsburgh. Obviously, more goes into it. They had several high picks and some talent on the team. But the fact is, stumbling along finishing 20th year after year and collecting several nice players over and over again would have landed them in Kansas City.

But we've got some talent as well. We've got the world's best defenseman and a top 3 in the NHL goaltender. We don't need next years draft pick to become Sidney Crosby part II from day one.

But if you can get a PPG player, and you're far more likely getting a PPG player drafting in the top 3 than in the 7-9 range. And if we get lucky and get that PPG player, and add it to our worldclass D-man and goalie for the next decade - isn't that better than beating up on another non-playoff team in a lockout shortened season where you're already eliminated?

Again, go to the Pens board, and ask them if they'd trade 10 years of Sidney Crosby for 3 games back in 2005.....

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